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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Simon Walker

PositionLecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsBA MA PhD PGDipArts(Otago)
Research summaryMoral philosophy, the nature of value, meaning, suffering, end of life care.
Teaching

Ethics to students of medicine, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and dentistry and oral health. BITC 301, BITC 401.

Research

Simon is familiar with a wide range of philosophical authors, and has a particular interest in the works of Kant, Wittgenstein, and Spinoza. While working as a palliative care researcher he became interested in the links between moral philosophy and our understanding of health, and began reading healthcare literature exploring this connection. He discovered a broad acceptance of the idea that a person's values will shape their experience of and response to suffering, and yet that this relationship is scarcely mentioned in contemporary ethical discourse.

He is currently developing a conception of ethics that shows the fundamental link between values and suffering, and which indicates how and to what extent life may retain value in the midst of suffering. This research draws on many different sources, including clinical experience, ancient and modern philosophy, and literature

Publications

Li, J.-r., Walker, S., Nie, J.-b., & Zhang, X. (2019). Experiments that led to the first gene-edited babies: The ethical failings and the urgent need for better governance. Journal of Zhejiang University: Science B, 20(1), 32-38. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1800624

Young, J., Egan, R., Walker, S., Graham-DeMello, A., & Jackson, C. (2018). The euthanasia debate: Synthesising the evidence on New Zealander's attitudes. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1532915

McMillan, J., Malpas, P., Walker, S., & Jonas, M. (2018). Ethics education in New Zealand medical schools. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 27(3), 470-473. doi: 10.1017/S096318011700086X

Nie, J.-B., & Walker, S. (2015). Truth telling. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global bioethics. Springer International. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_427-1

Walker, S., & McMillan, J. (2015). Memory, identity and dementia. In T. Schramme & S. Edwards (Eds.), Handbook of the philosophy of medicine. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8706-2_64-1

Chapter in Book - Research

Nie, J.-B., & Walker, S. (2015). Truth telling. In H. ten Have (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global bioethics. Springer International. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_427-1

Walker, S., & McMillan, J. (2015). Memory, identity and dementia. In T. Schramme & S. Edwards (Eds.), Handbook of the philosophy of medicine. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-8706-2_64-1

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Journal - Research Article

Young, J., Egan, R., Walker, S., Graham-DeMello, A., & Jackson, C. (2018). The euthanasia debate: Synthesising the evidence on New Zealander's attitudes. Kōtuitui. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2018.1532915

Lambie, D., Egan, R., Walker, S., & MacLeod, R. (2015). How spirituality is understood and taught in New Zealand medical schools. Palliative & Supportive Care, 13, 53-58. doi: 10.1017/S147895151300062X

Nie, J.-B., Walker, S. T., Qiao, S., Li, X., & Tucker, J. D. (2015). Truth-telling to the patient, family, and the sexual partner: A rights approach to the role of healthcare providers in adult HIV disclosure in China. AIDS Care, 27(Suppl. 1), 83-89. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1071772

McHugh, H. M., & Walker, S. T. (2015). "Personal Knowledge" in medicine and the epistemic shortcomings of Scientism. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 12, 577-585. doi: 10.1007/s11673-015-9661-5

McMillan, J., Walker, S., & Hope, T. (2014). Valuing hope. Monash Bioethics Review, 32(1-2), 33-42. doi: 10.1007/s40592-014-0006-7

Walker, S. T. (2014). Spinoza, Styron, and the ethics of healing. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11(2), 153-160. doi: 10.1007/s11673-014-9526-3

McLennan, S., Walker, S., & Rich, L. E. (2014). Should health care providers be forced to apologise after things go wrong? Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 11, 431-435. doi: 10.1007/s11673-014-9571-y

Gillett, G., & Walker, S. (2013). Immunisation and minimally informed consent. Journal of Law & Medicine, 20(4), 723-727.

Gillett, G., & Walker, S. (2012). The evolution of informed consent. Journal of Law & Medicine, 19(4), 673-677.

Janssen, A. L., MacLeod, R. D., & Walker, S. T. (2008). Recognition, reflection, and role models: Critical elements in education about care in medicine. Palliative & Supportive Care, 6(4), 389-395.

Walker, S., & MacLeod, R. (2005). Palliative care knowledge of some South Island GPs. New Zealand Family Physician, 32(2), 88-93.

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Journal - Research Other

Li, J.-r., Walker, S., Nie, J.-b., & Zhang, X. (2019). Experiments that led to the first gene-edited babies: The ethical failings and the urgent need for better governance. Journal of Zhejiang University: Science B, 20(1), 32-38. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B1800624

McMillan, J., Malpas, P., Walker, S., & Jonas, M. (2018). Ethics education in New Zealand medical schools. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 27(3), 470-473. doi: 10.1017/S096318011700086X

Tumilty, E., Walker, S., & Tumilty, S. (2014). Tainting by numbers: How the disadvantaged become invisible within evidence-based medicine. Physical Therapy Reviews, 19(5), 367-377. doi: 10.1179/1743288X14Y.0000000152

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