Corpus is delighted to announce that Professor Jeff McMahan has been elected a member of the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences in its Philosophy and Religious Studies Section and offers him warmest congratulations.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honours excellence and convenes leaders to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and advance the public good. Membership is an opportunity to shape ideas and influence policy in areas as diverse as the arts, democracy, education, global affairs, and science. Professor McMahan, Sekyra and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy, is the only Oxford academic elected this year in the Humanities and Arts Class.

Professor McMahan returned to Corpus, where he was a postgraduate student, in 2014. His work explores moral issues such as war, abortion, and our treatment of animals. He also leads the study and development of moral philosophy within Oxford, supervises doctoral and Masters students in the subject, and for many years was convenor of the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar, which has hosted the world’s leading moral philosophers in recent decades.  He recently took part in a Panel Discussion, entitled ‘The War in Ukraine – a Philosophers’ Talk’, hosted by Corpus, in which leading academics from the UK, the US, Poland, Germany, Israel, and Italy discussed the moral and political dimensions of this continuing conflict.

Listen to a recording of the Panel Discussion here.