Brian Baigrie, Public Trust as a Substantive Value for Public Health Ethics

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Public Trust as a Substantive Value for Public Health Ethics

There is a growing consensus among academics and commentators that public trust in science and scientists is at a low ebb across a range of issues of public concern, from the contribution of human activity to climate change, to the safety of vaccines, and the effectiveness of public health interventions during the recent (and ongoing) Covid-19 pandemic. This talk will focus on the perceived erosion of trust in public health, which is deeply concerning given that support for public health interventions is essential (at least in a democracy) for the achievement of public health goals.  To this end, this talk will outline a conceptual model of public trust that is fit for the narrowly focused goals of public health and distinct from and other forms of trust (e.g., social trust, institutional trust, generalized inter-personal trust) that are often conflated with public trust, and (b) mount an argument for positioning public trust as a substantive value for public health ethics.

► this event is in-person at the Centre for Ethics (Larkin building, room 200)


Brian Baigrie
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto)


Tue, Feb 7, 2023
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin