A philosophical response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram

Thursday 14 July, 2020

Zoom, online seminar. Registration to follow.

The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the philosophical and ethical issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic and our collective and individual responses to it. Our guest speak is Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram, Director of King’s Global Health Education & Training and Lecturer in Global Health & Philosophy at King’s.

The seminar will begin at 6.00 pm and we aim to finish at c.7.30. MPG trustee Dr Robert Harland will chair the discussion following Dr Venkatapuram’s introductory remarks which will offer a critique of the utilitarian ethics which are currently so dominant in public policy and decision-making.

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram is a lecturer in Global Health & Philosophy in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. He has experience in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology and political philosophy (Cambridge), and recently spent a year in the Global Health Ethics Unit of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

His research interests are equally wide-ranging, including the place of health in theories of social/ global justice, the philosophical construction of the human right to health, the ethics of addressing social determinants of health, health inequalities, and the philosophy and ethics of epidemiology and evidence-based health policies.

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