[SydPhil] Simon Keller at the UNSW Philosophy Seminar | Tuesday 4 April | 2:00- 3:30pm | Morven Brown 310

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Mon Mar 27 19:57:45 AEDT 2017

Invitation to Philosophy Seminar

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The School of Humanities and Languages invites all interested staff and students to this Philosophy seminar by Professor Simon Keller form Victoria University Wellington.

A Right to Mental Health

Abstract: There are good reasons to think that health is a concern of distributive justice, and, to that extent, that we have a right to good health. Should we say the same about mental health? Again, there are good reasons to think that we should. Mental health plays a large role in determining individuals’ quality of life; and mental health is partly socially determined, with mental health outcomes strongly related to patterns of poverty and forms of discrimination. But if we have a right to mental health, in the relevant sense, then many standing accounts of mental health cannot be correct. For example, accounts that identify mental health with well-being cannot be right, if mental health is something with which government ought to take a direct concern. A better approach is to begin with the significance of mental health for distributive justice, and then explain what mental health needs to be in order to fulfill its political role. Following this approach, I argue, we can come up with an account of mental health that explains why mental health is valuable, and is plausible on its own terms.

Simon Keller is Professor at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations at Victoria University Welligton. He works in ethics, political philosophy, metaphysics and the history of philosophy.  His publications include the monographs The Limits of Loyality (Cambridge University Press 2007) and Partiality (Princeton University Press, 2013), as well as the co-authored book with John Kleinig and Igor Primoratz The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate (Wiley Blackwell 2015). He is currently working on a book on the idea of mental health. For more information about Simon Keller’s work, see: http://www.simonkeller.co.nz/

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Event Details
Tuesday 4 April, 2017

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Morven Brown building room 310 (C20<http://fmtoolbox.unsw.edu.au/comms/KensingtonCampus.pdf?mc_cid=c7e422f36b&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d>)

Contact: Heikki Ikaheimo
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