The Sickness of Society Workshop

Workshop – The Sickness of Society, Apr 29 2016, 9am-5pm
Location: Savery Hall Room 408, University of Washington, Seattle

On Friday 29 April, the Philosophy Department of the University of Washington will host a Benjamin Rabinowitz Workshop in Medical Ethics, ‘The Sickness of Society: What Kind of Inequality Matters for Health?’. This interdisciplinary and international one-day workshop aims to assess which kinds of inequalities are significant for public health policies and health care systems.

Confirmed speakers are:
Erika Blacksher (Bioethics & Humanities, University of Washington)
Hedwig (Hedy) Lee (Sociology, University of Washington)
Carina Fourie (Philosophy, University of Washington)
Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Political Science, Aarhus University, via tele-conference)
Kristin Voigt (Philosophy; Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University)

Questions to be explored in the workshop include:

  • Are health inequalities per se morally significant or are only the social inequalities underlying health inequalities significant?
  • What practical guidance might theories of equality (e.g. social relational equality, luck egalitarianism) provide for designing health policy?
  • What role, if any, should individual responsibility for health play in assessing he moral significance of inequalities?
  • What does the empirical research on inequalities in health between social groups, e.g. racial groups and genders, tell us about which conceptions of inequality are most appropriate?

Participation is free but space is limited, so please register soon. You can register using this link:

For enquiries, please email Dustin Schmidt: ponvins.