Lexington, Virginia • February 25, 2009
Gopal Sreenivasan, Crown Professor of Ethics at Duke University, will deliver the keynote address at the Washington and Lee University Medical Ethics Institute on Friday, March 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Huntley Hall, room 221.
The title of Sreenivasan's talk, which is free and open to the public, is "Ethics and Epidemiology: Residual Health Inequalities."
"Inequalities in health are intuitively unjust," said Sreenivasan, when describing his lecture. "Some of these health inequalities are plausibly seen as the effects of other independent injustices in income. But what if other health inequalities remain, even after the rest of social justice had been achieved? Would these residual health inequalities also be unjust? And why?"
Sreenivasan's work in bioethics has concentrated mainly on questions of distributive justice and health, both domestically and internationally, as well as the ethics of informed consent. He has published articles on a wide range of other topics in moral, political and legal philosophy including rights, democracy, judicial review, international agreements, global distributive justice, cross-cultural ethics and moral psychology.
Before joining Duke, Sreenivasan taught at Princeton University and the University of Toronto. He also was a senior fellow in the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health for two years.
Sreenivasan is the author of one book, The Limits of Lockean Rights in Property (Oxford University Press) and Emotion and Virtue is forthcoming from the Princeton University Press. He also has written 15 articles and multiple book chapters, review essays and commentaries.
Sreenivasan received his B.A. jointly in economics and philosophy from McGill University, his B.Phil. in philosophy from the University of Oxford and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.
The Medical Ethics Institute is sponsored by the W&L Society and the Professions Program in Ethics.