A Journal of Philosophy, Applied to the Real World

About the Journal

Welcome to the Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in moral and political philosophy (and related areas), published by the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, located at the University of Oxford.

Our vision is to build an open access journal that will bring the best work in philosophy to bear on pressing issues of public, political or interdisciplinary interest. We believe that the ideas and arguments of many moral and political philosophers are of significant relevance to problems in contemporary life. Not only are these arguments of interest to a wide general public, but they are of relevance to many other academics, political and social leaders. However, there is less than optimal penetration of this philosophical work. It will aim to disseminate excellent research in practical and applied ethics to a broad, global audience comprised of both academic and non-academic readers, with high impact.

Editorial Policy

The Journal of Practical Ethics publishes work only by invitation, and all authors are offered comments on their paper by anonymous reviewers as well as members of the editorial team. It is entirely open access online, and print copies may be ordered at cost price via a print-on-demand service. Authors and reviewers are offered an honorarium. The Journal aims to bring the best in academic moral and political philosophy, applied to practical matters, to a broader student or interested public audience. It seeks to promote informed, rational debate, and is not tied to any one particular viewpoint. The Journal will present a range of views and conclusions within the analytic philosophy tradition. It is funded through the generous support of the Uehiro Foundation in Ethics and Education.


The material in this journal is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported licence. The full text of the licence is available at:


© University of Oxford 2013 except as otherwise explicitly specified.

Editor in Chief:

Thomas Douglas (University of Oxford)

Senior Advisory Editors:

Roger Crisp, Julian Savulescu, Dominic Wilkinson (University of Oxford)

Associate Editors:

Katrien Devolder, Guy Kahane, Rebecca Brown, Jonathan Pugh, Maximilian Kiener (University of Oxford)

Editorial Advisory Board:

John Broome (University of Oxford), Allen Buchanan (Duke University), Tony Coady (Melbourne University), Ryuichi Ida (Kyoto University), Frances Kamm (Harvard University), Philip Pettit (Princeton University)

Editorial Assistant:

Rachel Gaminiratne, Miriam Wood