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Ralph Weir

About Ralph Weir

Ralph Weir is a Visiting Lecturer in philosophy at The University of Buckingham, and lectures in aesthetics at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has also taught epistemology, ancient philosophy, and ancient Greek language, and has contributed to conferences and workshops in the UK, USA, and Europe. These include plenary talks for the ‘Science and Personal Action’ conference, MIT, 2015, and the First International Philosophical Dialogue, «EAST-WEST», Skopje, 2015. He holds a BPhil in Philosophy and an MSt in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Reading. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge concerns the philosophy of mind and is funded by an AHRC scholarship. In addition to his work for the Dalai Lama Centre, he is co-founder of the Humane Philosophy Project, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Warsaw organising high profile conferences, seminars, and accredited philosophy courses.

Ethical Disagreement Across Cultures

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Ethical Disagreement Across Cultures: The Case of Japan Samuel Hughes Fellow of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion Download PDF One of the questions that has attracted interest from both Europeans and Japanese people since the Meiji Restoration has been how great the differences in European and Japanese ethical life … Continue reading

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Oxford Seminars on the Dalai Lama’s Ethics

This Michaelmas Term the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion will be offering a series of seminars exploring His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s thought on ethics and related areas. The series will be conducted by Paul Lodge, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow of the … Continue reading

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Director Visits Dharamsala

This week the Director of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, Alex Norman, arrives in Dharamsala for a month long visit. During this time he will be staying at the house of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s brother Ngari Rinpoche and meeting with His Holiness the the Dalai Lama and other … Continue reading

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Pluralism in Japanese ethics

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Pluralism in Japanese ethics Samuel Hughes Fellow of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion Download PDF Perhaps the most famous ethicist in the Japanese tradition is Watsuji Tetsurō, who worked at the Universities of Kyoto and Tokyo in the early twentieth century.  Watsuji was a peripheral member of a larger … Continue reading

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Compassion and the Moral Law

Compassion and the Moral Law Carl Hildebrand University College, University of Oxford Download PDF The idea of an ethics of compassion appeals powerfully to our common sense; it seems at once noble and nurturing, and to connect with our everyday experience of the moral life. How shall I respond to … Continue reading

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Status, Shame and Dignity

Status, Shame and Dignity Samuel Hughes Fellow of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion Download PDF Perhaps the most famous book on ethics in Japan is The Sword and the Chrysanthemum, written by the American anthropologist Ruth Benedict on the basis of research conducted during the Pacific War.  Interestingly The … Continue reading

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DLCC Fellow Sandy Stoddart Interview

DLCC Honorary Fellow, Sculptor in Ordinary for Scotland, Sandy Stoddart has recently been interviewed by DLCC Fellow Mikolaj Slawkowski-Rode for the Polish magazine Arttak. An English language version of the interview will soon be available at www.humanephilosophy.com. Related posts: No related posts.

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DLCC Essay Competition 2016 Results

The judging panel of the 2016 DLCC competition have now reached their decision. First prize has been awarded to Carl Hildebrand for his essay ‘Compassion and the Moral Law’. Joint second prizes have been awarded to Natasha Bailey for her essay ‘The Question of “Mens feeding on Flesh”: Early Modern … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Iris Murdoch

We are delighted to announce that the DLCC will co-sponsor the upcoming conference, ‘The Philosophy of Iris Murdoch’. This event will take place on 11th June, Seminar Room East, Mansfield College, Oxford, and will consider a number of different themes from the philosophical writings of Iris Murdoch including: Justin Broackes … Continue reading

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Essay Competition Update

Submissions to the 2016 Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion essay competition have now been passed on to our expert judging panel. The large number of very high quality essays will be carefully assessed over the coming days, and the three prize winners can expect to be announced shortly. The best … Continue reading

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