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Professor Stephen Wilkinson

Professor Stephen Wilkinson

Professor, Professor of Bioethics

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594964
Office hours: Michaelmas Term 2014 MOST WEEKS: Wednesdays 11am-1pm WEEKS 4 & 7: Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm (i.e. 30/10/14 & 20/11/14) If these times aren't convenient email me for an alternative appointment.

Affiliations

Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law

Stephen Wilkinson's most recent research is on reproductive ethics and the regulation of reproductive technologies, especially the ethics of selective reproduction (practices that involve choosing between different possible future people).  A book on this topic (Choosing Tomorrow's Children, Oxford University Press) was published in 2010.

A previous phase of work focussed on the commercial exploitation of the human body and culminated in his first book, Bodies for Sale (Routledge, 2003).

He has also written on various other ethics topics including: biomedical research, conjoined twins, futility, mental illness, passive euthanasia, and resource allocation.

He is the holder of a Wellcome Senior Investigator Award (jointly with Professor Rosamund Scott of King's College London) on reproductive donation (http://reproductivedonation.com/).

PhD Supervision Interests

Human Reproduction - ethics and regulation of
Organ Donation - ethics and regulation of

Office Hours

Michaelmas Term 2014

MOST WEEKS: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

WEEKS 4 & 7: Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm (i.e. 30/10/14 & 20/11/14)

If these times aren't convenient email me for an alternative appointment.

In Press

Prenatal screening, reproductive choice, and public health

Wilkinson, S. expected in 2015 In: Bioethics.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

The ethics of three-person IVF

Wilkinson, S. 4/08/2014 The Conversation

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

2013

Is mitochondrial replacement therapy eugenic and incompatible with human dignity?

Appleby, J., Scott, R. & Wilkinson, S. 2/12/2013 BioNews, 733

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

An eventful month for organ donation

Wilkinson, S. 12/07/2013 Lancaster University

Research output: Other contribution

Choosing tomorrow's children: the ethics of selective reproduction

Wilkinson, S. 25/07/2013 Wellcome Trust Website

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

How worried should we be about the 'slippery slope to designer babies'?

Wilkinson, S. 22/07/2013 BioNews, 714

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Embryo sex selection shouldn't be illegal

Wilkinson, S. & Garrard, E. 16/08/2013 Impact Ethics

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Should we reconsider the UK ban on sex selection?

Wilkinson, S. 5/07/2013 ETHOX

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Eugenics and the ethics of selective reproduction

Wilkinson, S. & Garrard, E. 3/07/2013 Keele: Keele University. 34 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

A complex web of questions

McGuinness, S., Walker, T. & Wilkinson, S. 01/2013 In: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 22, 1, p. 4-7 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Is the HFEA’s policy on compensating egg donors and egg sharers defensible?

Wilkinson, S. 2013 In: Medical Law Review. 21, 2, p. 173-212 40 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

‘Saviour siblings’ as organ donors

Wilkinson, S. 2012 In: Moderna Läkare . 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The Donation of Human Organs

Wilkinson, M. & Wilkinson, S. 28/10/2011 The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Zalta, E. (ed.). 2011 ed. Stanford, CA: The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University , Vol. Winter

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Sale of Human Organs

Wilkinson, S. 17/10/2011 The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Zalta, E. (ed.). Winter ed. Stanford, CA: The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University , Vol. 2011

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Ethical principles and the HFEA’s donation review

Wilkinson, S. 2011 In: Bionews. 632

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Selective Reproduction, eugenics, and public health

Wilkinson, S. 2011 Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice. Dawson, A. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 48-66 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2010

European Textbook on Ethics in Research

Hughes, J., Hunter, D., Sheehan, M., Wilkinson, S. & Wrigley, A. 2010 Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. 212 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

On the distinction between positive and negative eugenics

Wilkinson, S. 2010 Arguments and analysis in bioethics. Hayry, M., Takala, T. & Herissone-Kelly, P. (eds.). New York: Rodopi bv, p. 115-128 14 p. (Value inquiry book series; vol. 214)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Why I wrote…choosing tomorrow's children: the ethics of selective reproduction

Wilkinson, S. 2010 In: Clinical Ethics. 5, 1, p. 46-50 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Choosing tomorrow’s children: the ethics of selective reproduction

Wilkinson, S. 2010 Oxford: Clarendon Press. 265 p. (Issues in biomedical ethics)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Saviour siblings, other siblings and whole organ donation

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2010 The 'healthy' embryo: social, biomedical, legal and philosophical perspectives. Nisker, J., Baylis, F., Karpin, I., McLeod, C. & Mykitiuk, R. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 251-264 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Choosing tomorrow's children:: the ethics of selective reproduction

Wilkinson, S. 2010 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 265 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

2009

Philosophical clinical ethics

Dawson, A. & Wilkinson, S. 2009 In: Clinical Ethics. 4, 1, p. 36-37 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Book review: 'Whose body is it anyway? Justice and the integrity of the person' by Cecile Fabre

Wilkinson, S. 2009 In: Medical Law Review. 72, 2, p. 313-316 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Using some ‘new’ political ideas: feminism and ‘green ideology'

Wilkinson, S. 2009 In: Res Publica. 5, 1, p. 105-110 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Saviour siblings and organ transplantation: guest editorial

Wilkinson, S. 2008 In: Clinical Ethics. 3, 3, p. 107-108

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Eugenics Talk' and the Language of Bioethics

Wilkinson, S. 2008 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 34, 6, p. 467-471 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sex Selection, Sexism, and 'Family Balancing'

Wilkinson, S. 09/2008 In: Medical Law Review. 16, 3, p. 369-389 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Commodification

Wilkinson, S. 2007 Principles of health care ethics. Ashcroft, R. E., Dawson, A., Draper, H. & McMillan, J. (eds.). 2 ed. Wiley Blackwell, p. 285-292 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Eugenics and the criticism of bioethics

Wilkinson, S. 2007 In: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 10, 4, p. 409-418 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Health care law: text and materials

McHale, J. (ed.), Fox, M. (ed.), Gunn, M. (ed.) & Wilkinson, S. (ed.) 2007 2 ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell. 1204 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Separating conjoined twins: disability, ontology, and moral status

Hull, R. & Wilkinson, S. 2006 Cutting to the core: exploring the ethics of contested surgeries. Benatar, D. (ed.). Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, p. 113-126 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Eugenics, embryo selection, and the Equal Value Principle

Wilkinson, S. 2006 In: Clinical Ethics. 1, 1, p. 46-51 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Selecting disability and the welfare of the child

Garrard, E. & Wilkinson, S. 2006 In: The Monist. 89, 4, p. 482-504 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Mind the gap: the use of empirical evidence in bioethics

Wilkinson, S. 2005 Bioethics and social reality. Häyry, M., Takala, T. & Herissone-Kelly, P. (eds.). New York: Rodopi bv, p. 73-87 15 p. (Value inquiry book series; vol. 165)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

'Designer babies’, instrumentalisation and the child’s right to an open future

Wilkinson, S. 2005 Philosophical reflections on medical ethics. Athanassoulis, N. (ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 44-69 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Separating conjoined twins: the case of Laden and Laleh Bijani

Wilkinson, S. 2005 Ethics, law and society. Gunning, J. & Holm, S. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, Vol. 1, p. 257-261 5 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Biomedical research and the commercial exploitation of human tissue

Wilkinson, S. 2005 In: Genomics, Society and Policy. 1, 1, p. 27-40 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Passive euthanasia

Garrard, E. & Wilkinson, S. 2005 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 31, 2, p. 64-68 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Hashmi and Whitaker: an unjustifiable and misguided distinction?

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2004 In: Medical Law Review. 12, 2, p. 137-163 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Should selecting saviour siblings be banned?

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2004 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 30, 6, p. 533-537 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Dilemmas and decisions at the end of life

De Raeve, L. (ed.), Garrard, E. (ed.), Katz, J. (ed.) & Wilkinson, S. (ed.) 2004 3 ed. Milton Keynes: Open University.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

Does bioethics need moral theory?

Wilkinson, S. 2003 Scratching the surface of bioethics. Häyry, M. & Takala, T. (eds.). Rodopi, p. 35-45 11 p. (Value inquiry book series; vol. 144)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The exploitation argument against commercial surrogacy

Wilkinson, S. 2003 In: Bioethics. 17, 2, p. 169-187 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Bodies for sale: ethics and exploitation in the human body trade

Wilkinson, S. 2003 New York: Routledge. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Futility

Wilkinson, S. 2002 Vital Judgements: ethical decision making at the end of life. Dawson, A., Jackson, J. & Levack, P. (eds.). London: National Council for Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Services, p. 14-16 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Beyond futility: to what extent is the concept of futility useful in clinical decision-making about CPR?

Kite, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2002 In: Lancet Oncology. 3, 10, p. 638-642 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

What is humanism?

Wilkinson, S. 2001 In: Humanist News. p. 14-15 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Rationing health care: individuals and the broader public

Wilkinson, S. 2001 In: Philosophy Today. 14, 36, p. 10-11 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

‘On the sharpest horns of a dilemma’: re A (conjoined twins)

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2001 In: Medical Law Review. 9, 3, p. 201-207 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Intellectual property rights and the human body: is ‘gene patenting’ a special case?

Wilkinson, S. 2001 In: Imprints. 5, 2, p. 132-160 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Termination of pregnancy for reason of foetal disability: are there grounds for a special exception in law?

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2001 In: Medical Law Review. 9, 2, p. 85-109 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

The concept of mental injury

Wilkinson, S. 2000 Philosophy, psychiatry, and psychopathy: personal identity in mental disorder. Heginbotham, C. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 89-104 16 p. (Avebury series in philosophy)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Palliative care and the doctrine of double effect

Wilkinson, S. 2000 Death, dying and bereavement. Dickenson, D., Johnson, M. L. & Katz, J. (eds.). 2 ed. London: Sage, p. 299-302 4 p. (Open University set book)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Ethical issues in managing cancer pain

Russon, L. & Wilkinson, S. 2000 Cancer pain management: a comprehensive approach. Simpson, K. H. & Budd, K. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 7-15 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Why lying is worse than merely misleading

Wilkinson, S. 2000 In: Philosophy Today. 13, 34, p. 6-7 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Commodification arguments for the legal prohibition of organ sale

Wilkinson, S. 2000 In: Health Care Analysis. 8, 2, p. 189-201 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Is ‘normal grief’ a mental disorder?

Wilkinson, S. 2000 In: The Philosophical Quarterly. 50, 200, p. 290-304 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Smokers’ rights to health care: why the ‘restoration argument’ is a moralising wolf in a liberal sheep’s clothing

Wilkinson, S. 1999 In: Journal of Applied Philosophy. 16, 3, p. 255-269 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Female genital mutilation and cosmetic surgery: regulating non-therapeutic body modification

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 1998 In: Bioethics. 12, 4, p. 263-285 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Ethics in social care: moral dilemmas

Garrard, E. & Wilkinson, S. 1997 In: Homecare Professional. 3, p. 11

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Conjoined twins: the legality and ethics of sacrifice

Sheldon, S. & Wilkinson, S. 1997 In: Medical Law Review. 5, 2, p. 149-171 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

Restitution without punishment: is it enough to make criminals pay?

Wilkinson, S. 1996 Punishment, excuses and moral development. Tam, H. B. (ed.). Aldershot: Avebury, p. 35-54 20 p. (Avebury series in philosophy)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Bodily integrity and the sale of human organs

Wilkinson, S. & Garrard, E. 1996 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 22, 6, p. 334-339 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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