Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Paternalism, Health, and Public Policy project (funded by the Wellcome Trust) is pleased to announce its third and fourth workshops. 

We have reserved one slot at each workshop for either a graduate student or early career researcher (defined as within 10 years of viva at the date of the workshop). To apply for one of these slots, please send a 500-word, anonymised abstract to by 7th February 2022. We hope to inform applicants of our decision by the end of February. Travel and accommodation will be provided for speakers. 

To register for the workshops, please send an email to 

Further details of the workshops as follows: 

Workshop 3: ‘Paternalism and Groups’. 16th- 17th June 2022, Oxford. Co-hosted with the Ethox 

The workshop will focus on policies designed to promote the health of groups. One important issue to be considered, concerns the extent to which such interventions can be carried out ‘against the will of ’or ‘for the sake of’ those subject to them, given the diversity of preferences and interests within large populations. 

Confirmed speakers: 

Kalle Grill, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Umeå University. 

Daniel Groll, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Carleton College; Member of the Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota. 

Jonathan Quong, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Law, USC; Associate Editor Philosophy & Public Affairs. • Stephanie Collins, Associate Professor, Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University. 

Workshop 4: ‘Paternalism, Children’s Health and Parental Rights’. 12th-13th September 2022, Durham University. Co-hosted with the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)

The workshop will consider the limits of parental rights. It will also focus on the ethics of state interference in the family, and the extent to which children’s own decisions and preferences should contribute to medical decision-making and public health policy. 

Confirmed speakers: 

Emma Cave, Professor of Healthcare Law, Durham University; Fellow of the Wolfson Institute for Health and Wellbeing. 

Matthew Clayton, Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick; Convenor of the Children, Education and Philosophy Group. 

Dominic Wilkinson, Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Oxford; Consultant Neonatologist, John Radcliffe Hospital; Director of Medical Ethics, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

David Archard, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy.

Anca Gheaus, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the Central European University in Vienna, Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Philosophy and the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. 

Both workshops will also feature a roundtable discussion to further explore the practical and policy implications of research in this area. 

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