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This is a joint seminar between the Oxford Health Experiences Institute and the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. 

Following publication of The Hastings Center’s Special Report, Narrative Ethics: The Role of Stories in Bioethics (44, no. 1, 2014), this lecture distinguishes narratives from stories and asks how both affect ethical decision-making. Our sense of what’s good and bad, desirable or undesirable, moral or unethical depends not exclusively but significantly on stories we know, narratives we accept as guides to action, and also what stories and narratives are not on our radar. While narrative ethics has its most evident use in bedside consultations, it also has importance in ethics of healthcare policy.

Arthur Frank is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada and Professor at Betanien College, Bergen, Norway. His books include The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (Chicago, second edition 2013) and his recent articles appear in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and The Hastings Center Report. Among other honours, he is recipient of the medal in bioethics from the Royal Society of Canada.

The seminar will be followed by drinks in The Mathematical Institute.

The seminar is open to all, but has limited capacity. 


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