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About Jurgen De Wispelaere

Jurgen De Wispelaere is an occupational therapist turned political philosopher. He holds degrees in occupational therapy and moral sciences, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Tampere (Finland).
Jurgen De Wispelaere is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC) at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and a Research Associate with the Analytical Sociology and Institutional Design Group (GSADI) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Previously he held positions at the University of Montreal (CREUM), Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and was a visiting scholar at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, University of Oxford, University of East-Anglia, Universite Catholic de Louvain, Australian National University and Columbia University.
Jurgen De Wispelaere is a founding editor of the journal Basic Income Studies and co-editor of several collections (Palgrave 2003, Routledge 2007, Wiley/Blackwell 2013). He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook in the Philosophy of Childhood and Children (with Gideon Calder and Anca Gheaus).


Present Editor, Basic Income Studies, McGill University
Present MHERC Research Fellow, McGill University

Research Interests

political and social philosophy, ethics and applied ethics, and politics and public policy


  • Philosophical Issues of Life/Death
  • Social Justice and Health
  • Modern Political Thought: Hobbes to Hegel
  • J.S. Mill's On Liberty & Utilitarianism
  • Consequentialism
  • Theories of Social Justice
  • Freedom in Political Theory
  • Liberal Democracy and Its Critics
  • Deliberation and Decision-making
  • Foundations of Human Values

Contact Information

MHERC, Biomedical Ethics Unit
McGill University
3647 Peel Street, Montreal QC H3A 1X1


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