The Human Right to Healthby Jonathan Wolff
Few topics in human rights have inspired as much debate as the right to health. Proponents would enshrine it as a fundamental right on a par with freedom of speech and freedom from torture. Detractors suggest that the
“A broad-ranging, insightful analysis of the complex practical and ethical issues involved in global health.”Kirkus Reviews
Few topics in human rights have inspired as much debate as the right to health. Proponents would enshrine it as a fundamental right on a par with freedom of speech and freedom from torture. Detractors suggest that the movement constitutes an impractical over-reach. Jonathan Wolff cuts through the ideological stalemate to explore both views. In an accessible, persuasive voice, he explores the philosophical underpinnings of the idea of a human right, assesses whether health meets those criteria, and identifies the political and cultural realities we face in attempts to improve the health of citizens in wildly different regions. Wolff ultimately finds that there is a path forward for proponents of the right to health, but to succeed they must embrace certain intellectual and practical changes. The Human Right to Health is a powerful and important contribution to the discourse on global health.
Meet the Author
Jonathan Wolff is the Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Previously he was Professor of Philosophy, and Dean of Arts and Humanities at University College London. His books include An Introduction to Political Philosophy (1996, 3rd ed. 2016), Why Read Marx Today? (2002), Ethics and Public Policy (2011), and The Human Right to Health (Norton, 2012). He has been a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, and worked on questions of the ethics of risk with the railway and pharmaceutical industries in the UK, as well as the government. He writes a regular column for the Guardian newspaper.
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