Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Anne’s College, and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. His work falls principally within the field of ethics, including metaethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, and the history of ethics. His latest book, The Cosmos of Duty, will appear in June 2015. He has been a member of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and served on various working parties on health-related issues at the BMA and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Dr Theron Pummer is a Plumer Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Anne's College, University of Oxford, as well as a Research Associate for the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Population Ethics Project at the Future of Humanity Institute (within the Faculty of Philosophy). He specializes in ethical theory, and is particularly interested in problems about the nature, aggregation, and distribution of well-being, the relevance of numbers in ethics, and the normative significance of persons.
This presentation introduces ethics and the reliance on judgements in ethical theory. It discusses the QALYs approach to healthcare allocation, and the connection between health and well-being. Finally it outlines some respects in which personalised medicine brings with it threats of translating economic inequalities into health inequalities (and vice versa), as well as how it could be used as a tool for decreasing health inequalities.