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Vida Panitch

Associate Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), B.A. (McGill)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3028
Office:3A55 Paterson Hall

Office Hours:
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2016-17:  On Sabbatical


Vida Panitch’s research interests lie in the areas of distributive justice and bioethics. Her work explores the extent to which the concepts of equality, exploitation and commodification can serve as normative guides to the just distribution of health-related goods and services, both domestically and internationally. While her doctoral work addressed the normative foundations of liberal welfare programs geared to basic need satisfaction (including the need for health), her current work applies the concepts of equality, exploitation and commodification to assessing the moral permissibility (or impermissibility) of emerging commercial global health practices.

Research Interests:

  • Social and politcal philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Distributive  justice
  • Feminist philosophy

Select Publications:

Panitch, Vida, “Assisted Reproduction and Distributive Justice,” Bioethics 28(3) doi: 10.1111/bioe.12067

Panitch, Vida, “Global Surrogacy: Exploitation to Empowerment,” Journal of Global Ethics 9(3), November 2013: 329-343

Panitch, Vida, “Exploitation, Justice, and Parity in International Clinical Research,” Journal of Applied Philosophy 30(4), November 2013: 304-318 

Panitch Vida, “Surrogate Tourism and Reproductive Rights,” Hypatia 28(2), April 2013

Panitch, Vida, and Heath, Joseph, “Why Cash Violates Neutrality,” Basic Income Studies v.5 n.1 (April 2010)

Panitch, Vida, “Basic Income, Decommodification, and the Welfare State,”  Philosophy and Social Criticism vol 37 no 8 (Oct 2011)

Panitch, Vida, “Exploitation and Developing Countries: Ethics of Clinical Research” eds. Jennifer Hawkins and Ezekiel Emanuel, Philosophy in Review, v.29 n.5 (2009)