Seminar: Chimes of freedom, Bob Dylan, enhanced goodness, super A.I. and the future of humanity

Wednesday March 22nd, 16:00 – 17:30.

Room K0.18, King’s Building, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

A Global Health and Social Medicine Series event with Professor John Harris (Institute for Science, Ethics & Innovation at the University of Manchester and visiting professor in Bioethics at GHSM).

Educated at the University of Kent and at Balliol College, Oxford, Prof John Harris is the author or editor of twenty-one books and over three hundred peer-reviewed articles. From March 2004 to July 2011 John was the joint Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics, the leading journal in medical and applied ethics. John has also served on many advisory bodies, including as a member of the United Kingdom Human Genetics Commission (HGC) from itjohn-harris-value-lifes foundation in 1999 until 2010 and as a member of The Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association for more than fifteen years. In 1986 John jointly founded (with Margaret Brazier) the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy of the University of Manchester, one of two leading centres in bioethics in the UK (the other being the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at King’s), as described by historian Duncan Wilson in his 2015 book, The Making of British Bioethics.

John has, throughout his career, defended broadly libertarian – consequentialist approaches to issues in bioethics. This has made him a leading defender of the rights of the individual to access medical technology and to benefit from medical services. He has defended the individual’s entitlement to these goods and services regardless of age, life expectancy, level of9780198707592 disability, quality of life or genetic pre-disposition to illness. He has been and remains a leading critic of paternalistic or restrictive approaches to regulation or legislation of access to medical services or technology.

Several of John’s papers and books have become seminal to the bioethics canon, i.e. “The Survival Lottery” (1975), The Value of Life (1985) (John is now working on The Value of Life 2), Wonderwoman and Superman (1992) and Enhancing Evolution (OUP 2007). His most recent book, How to be Good, was published by Oxford University Press, Oxford in 2016 and is poised to take its place right alongside his other ground-breaking works.

Further details here.

For inquiries about this lecture please contact Dr Silvia Camporesi, Director of the Bioethics & Society Postgraduate Programme at King’s College London: silvia.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk.

 

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