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Stephen John

Hatton Lecturer in the Philosophy of Public Health

Research interests: Public health ethics; epistemology and ethics.

Recent publications

'Inductive Risk and the Contexts of Communication', Synthese, in press

'The Example of the IPCC Does Not Vindicate the Value-Free Ideal: A Reply to Gregor Betz', European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5 (2015): 1–13

'Efficiency, Responsibility and Disability: Philosophical Lessons from the Savings Argument for Pre-Natal Diagnosis', Politics, Philosophy and Economics 14 (2015): 3–22

'Risk, Contractualism and Rose's "Prevention Paradox"', Social Theory and Practice 40 (2014): 28–50

'Patient Preference Predictors, Apt Categorisation and Respect for Autonomy', Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 39 (2014): 169–177

'Cancer Screening, Risk Stratification and the Ethics of Apt Categorisation: A Case Study', Ethics in Public Health and Health Policy, edited by Daniel Strech, Irene Hirschberg and Georg Marckmann (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013): 141–152

'Why the Prevention Paradox is a Paradox, and Why We Should Solve It: A Philosophical View', Preventive Medicine 53 (2011): 250–252

'Expert Testimony and Epistemological Free-Riding: The MMR Controversy', The Philosophical Quarterly 61 (2011): 496–517

'Security, Knowledge and Well-Being', Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (2011): 68–91

'In Defence of Bad Science and Irrational Policies: An Alternative Account of the Precautionary Principle', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (2010): 3–18

'Why "Health" is Not a Central Category for Public Health Policy', Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (2009): 129–143

'Is There an Obligation to Participate in Medical Research?', The Limits of Consent, edited by Oonagh Corrigan et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009): 115–132

Recent book reviews

'Inference to the Best Epidemiology', essay review of Philosophy of Epidemiology by Alex Broadbent, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, in press

'No Genes, Please, We're British', essay review of Genomes and What to Make of Them by John Dupré and Barry Barnes, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43 (2012): 828–830

'Mind the Gap', essay review of Science, Policy and the Value Free Ideal by Heather Douglas, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 43 (2012): 218–220