Eric Mathison

Eric Mathison

I’m the clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services’s South Zone, which has approximately 300,000 residents and 14 hospitals. I work with care providers, patients, and families to promote ethical outcomes in healthcare. I’m also an instructor in the philosophy department at the University of Lethbridge. Before these positions, I was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine. My bioethics research interests include the ethics of gene editing, the goals of medicine, and physician-assisted death. My PhD is in philosophy from the University of Toronto. In my dissertation, I argue that ill-being is as important, if not more important, than well-being. I consider the most plausible accounts of ill-being for each of the major theories of well-being and then investigate whether or not there are asymmetries between the two. I show that in many cases such asymmetries exist, which means that ill-being doesn’t trivially follow from well-being.