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Prof Jonathan Wolff
  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Dept of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I joined UCL Philosophy Department in 1980 as an undergraduate (having worked for three years after leaving school). After my BA I took the MPhil in the department and then went to Harvard for a year as a Harkness Fellow. I returned to the Department in 1986 to take up a lectureship and have been here ever since. My most recent appointment is as Dean of Arts and Humanities (from 2012).

Research Themes
Research Summary

1. The Human Right to Health

I have published a short book (2012) and a series of articles defending the idea of the human right to health and its application in health policy.

2. Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry

A book on this topic was published by Routledge in 2011, based on my experience engaging with committees, public bodies and industry on a number of questions of public concern, including gambling, recreational drugs, public safety and disability. It builds on earlier work on the Ethics of Risk, and before that, railway safety,

3. Equality and Disadvantage: I published a book on Disadvantage with Avner de-Shalit in 2007.

4. The Valuation of Life and Health

Teaching Summary

In 2013-4 I taught a module aimed primarily at second year students on Marxism, and also a post-graduate research seminar on Health and Social Justice.

For 2014-5 I will teach the undergraduate module again, and a research seminar on a topic in contemporary political philosophy: possibly the work of Iris Marion Young.

Academic Background
1985 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Philosophy University College London
1983 BA Bachelor of Arts – Philosophy University College London
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