The Good Life: Theory and Practice

ERI Building, G51
Arts and Law, Research, Students
Friday 8th June 2012 (09:30-17:00)

Herjeet Marway ( The deadline for registration is 1st June 2012. 

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A Workshop at the University of Birmingham, Department of Philosophy

Conceptions of the Good Life have an obvious place in normative theory, and a clear relevance for a wide range of practical concerns. This workshop will bring together scholars and students from a variety of disciplines who are working on a range of issues for presentations and discussion, with the hope of illuminating the relationship that theory has to practice here. Focal points for discussion with attention to the role of the Good Life will include (but will not be limited to): bioethics, capability, paternalism, well-being, perfectionism, justice, and loss.

 Confirmed speakers include,
  • Beverley Clack (Professor in the Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes University)
  • Mozaffar Qizilbash (Professor of Economics, University of York
  • Stephen Wilkinson (Professor of Bioethics, Keele University)
  • James Wilson (Lecturer in Philosophy and Health, University College London) 


09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 – 10.10   Welcome
10.10 – 10.50  Philosophical Bioethics, Empirical Bioethics and Socially Constituted Values
James Wilson (Centre for Philosophy, Justice, and Health; UCL)
10.50 – 11.3 The Capability Approach and the Good Life
Mozaffar Qizilbash (School of Politics, Economics, and Philosophy; York)
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee
11.45 – 12.40 Student Panel 1:

Incentivising Good Lives
Christopher Mills (MANCEPT, Manchester) 

Aesthetic Perfectionism and the Good Life
Sarah-Louise Johnson (Philosophy, Birmingham)
 12.40 – 13.35 Student Panel 2

The Relationship Between Well-Being and the Good Life

Sam Wren-Lewis (IDEA CETL, Leeds)

Constructing Foundations For a Good Life
Melanie Kydd (Philosophy, Flinders)
13.35 – 14.40 Lunch
14.40 – 15.20 Human Enhancement, Ethics, and the Good Life   
Stephen Wilkinson (Center for Law, Ethics, and Society; Keele)
15.20 – 16.00 Loss, Struggle and Constructing the Good Life   
Beverley Clack (Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Religion; Oxford Brookes)
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee
16.15 – 16.45  Round-table discussion   
All Participants
16.45 – 17.00   Final comments and clos



Organised by:

Ben Bessey, Sarah-Louise Johnson, Herjeet Marway, Peter West-Oram
PhD Students, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Travel Directions

The ERI is building no. G3 on the campus map: 

 The easiest way to get from New Street station to campus is to get a train to University (trains to Longbridge/Redditch), which takes less than 10 minutes. The ERI Building is about a 10-minute walk from University station. Or you can catch a cab for about £7.