My guest today is the philosophy professor Jonathan Wolff. Jonathan is the Alfred Landecker professor of values and public policy at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government.
He's one of the more practical philosophers you'd come across, having actively shaped policy in numerous areas, and recently contributed to a paper published in the journal Science on 'An ethical framework for global vaccine allocation.', an issue which I think we can all agree is of vast importance write now. So for those of you out there who're studying philosophy and someone asks what the hell is the point of that, you can use this as an example.
Jonathan the author of many books, some of which include: Ethics and Public Policy, Why Read Marx Today, the philosophy text books 'introduction to moral philosophy' and introduction to political philosophy', and the book that introduced me to his work, 'Disadvantage', where he and his co-author explore what it means to be disadvantaged, how we can compare disadvantages, and what should governments do to move their societies in the direction of equality.
In our conversation we cover:
An idea backed by people on both sides of the political spectrum, technologists and futurists, a basic income may not just be philosophically appealing, it may be necessary.
Find out the philosophy behind the Human Development Index, the role political philosophers play in our world today, and explore the concept of freedom in a time of corona-virus with Prof Jonathan Wolff.