Thomas Pogge to Present “The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice and Efficiency in Global Health” February 20 at UNC Asheville


Thomas Pogge, internationally acclaimed scholar on philosophy, morality and justice, will present "The Health Impact Fund: Enhancing Justice and Efficiency in Global Health” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. This event is free and open to the public.

Pogge’s proposed Health Impact Fund would give pharmaceutical innovators the option to be rewarded according to the incremental health impact of their product rather than through patent-protected mark-ups. This idea has gained worldwide attention through Pogge’s TED talks.

Pogge is the author of numerous books on moral and political philosophy, including Politics as Usual: What Lies behind the Pro-Poor Rhetoric (Cambridge: Polity Press 2010) and John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (Oxford University Press 2007).

He is the director of the Global Justice Program and the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University. Additionally, Pogge is research director of the Centre for the Study of the Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo and a professorial research fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University, one of six World Health Organization collaborating centers on bioethics.

This lecture is sponsored by many UNC Asheville departments and programs: Howerton Professorship, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Belk Professorship, UNCA Philosophy Student Association, International Studies Program, Department of Political Science & the Humanities Program. For more information, visit the Humanities website, or call 828.251.6808.