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Research Seminar 2008-9: Health and Social Justice

NB This was last year's seminar. This year's seminar series can be found here.

Last year's seminar series was on Health and Social justice. It was convened by Jonathan Wolff (Philosophy), Sridhar Venkatapurum (Epidemiology) and James Wilson (Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre)
We discussed the following influential papers on health and distributive justice. The papers are still available here.

Autumn Term 2008

Oct 1: Daniels, NEquality of What: Welfare, Resources, or Capabilities?

Oct 8: Cuyler, AJEquality of What in Health Policy? Conflicts Between the Contenders.

Oct 15: Krieger, NEpidemiology and the Web of Causation: Has Anyone Seen the Spider?

Oct 22: Singer, PFamine, Affluence, and Mortality.

Oct 29: Sen, AKWhy Health Equity?

Nov 5: Reading Week

Nov 12: Whitehead, MThe Concepts and Principles of Equity and Health.

Nov 19: Marmot, MHealth in an unequal world. Social circumstances, biology and disease.

Nov 26: Daniels, N. Justice, Health and Healthcare.

Dec 3: Williams, AEconomics, Ethics and the public in health care policy.

Spring Term 2009


Jan 20 2009: Wikler, D.
Personal and social responsibility for health. In S. Anand, F. Peter & A. K. Sen (Eds.), Public health, ethics and equity pp. 109-134). Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.


Jan 27: Powers, M., & Faden, R. R.
Social justice : the moral foundations of public health and health policy. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Chapter 3


Feb 3: Powers, M., & Faden, R. R.
Social justice : the moral foundations of public health and health policy. New York ; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Chapter 4


Feb 10: Ruger, J. P.
Toward a theory of a right to health: Capability and incompletely theorized agreements. Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, (2006) 18, 273-326.


Feb 17: Reading week (no seminar)

Feb 24: Wilson, J.
The Primacy of Justice in Public Health (manuscript).


Mar 3: Hausman, D. M.
What's wrong with health inequalities? Journal of Political Philosophy, (2007) 15(1), 46-66.


Mar 10: Wolff, J.
Disability, status enhancement, personal enhancement and resource allocation. Economics And Philosophy, (2009) 25, 49-68.


Mar 17: Crockett, R., Wilkinson, T. M., & Marteau, T. M.
Social patterning of screening uptake and the impact of facilitating informed choices: psychological and ethical analyses. Health Care Analysis, 2008, 16(1), 17-30


Mar 24: Selgelid, M. J.
Ethics and infectious disease. Bioethics, (2005) 19(3), 272-289.



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