Beyond the Neglectful State: the Philosophy of Public Health

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James Wilson, Professor of Philosophy, UCL Department of Philosophy, delivers his Inaugural Lecture: Beyond the Neglectful State: the Philosophy of Public Health

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What ethical principles should states use in protecting and promoting the health of their citizens? Finding the right path is challenging, as health problems such as obesity and air pollution are complex and multifactorial, resources are scarce, and some citizens object vociferously to state intervention. I argue that public health should be thought of as a right. Safety and security are the bedrock of a good life, and contrary to “Nanny State” objections, the deeper danger is the Neglectful State, which fails to take cost-effective and proportionate measures to reduce health risks.

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James Wilson has been at UCL since 2008, with a secondment to the Royal Society in 2011-12. He has been co-director of the UCL Health Humanities Centre since 2015, and was Vice Dean (Interdisciplinary) for Arts and Humanities in 2015-19. His research uses philosophy to help resolve real-world problems in health, wellbeing and social policy. Among other advisory roles, he has been a member of the National Data Guardian's Panel since 2016.




Inaugural Lecture Series 2019/20

This lecture is part of the 2019/20 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.

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