Next Cafe: Artology – Interventions and intersections between philosophy, art practice, and biomedical science

On 18 December 2012, Cardiff Philosophy Cafe plays host to Dr Jac Saorsa, Lecturer in Drawing: Fine Art from Cardiff Metropolitan University. If we observe all forms, especially the organic forms, we find that nothing is permanent, nothing is at rest, nothing concluded, but, on the contrary, that all is Continue Reading

Last Night’s Café: The Ethics of IVF: Preventing Mitochondrial Disease

It’s 34 years since the birth of Louise Brown, the first person to be born with the aid of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques. In the intervening period, advances in these techniques have developed alongside broader advances in our understanding of how variations in human genomes (‘genome’ being the full genetic Continue Reading

Next Cafe: The Ethics of IVF: Preventing Mitochondrial Disease?

It is a long time since in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques first entered the news. Yet advances in IVF continue to raise new ethical issues, around the potential for using IVF to prevent medical conditions. Mitochondrial disease, for example, is a degenerative and sometimes fatal condition, for which only limited treatments Continue Reading

Next Cafe: Humans: Sovereign Individuals or Dependent Rational Animals?

20th century moral philosophy largely affirmed that reknowned Enlightenment figures like Immanuel Kant were right to view the essence of morality as acts of free choice. The basis of morality lay in the sovereign will of the independent, autonomous individual – guided by a disinterested form of moral rationality. This Continue Reading