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Journal Articles

  1. Rumbold B., Weale A., Rid A., Wilson J., and Littlejohns P. (in press). “Public Reasoning and Health Care Priority Setting: The Case of NICE” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.
  2. Wilson, J. (2016). “Internal and External Validity in Thought Experiments”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
  3. Wilson, J. (2016). “The Right to Public Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics
  4. Littlejohns, P. Weale, A., Kieslich, K., Wilson, J. Rumbold, B., Max, C. and Rid, A. (2016) “Challenges for the new Cancer Drugs Fund”, The Lancet Oncology 17(4): 416-18.
  5. Rid A., Littlejohns P., Wilson J., Rumbold B., Kieslich K., Weale A. (2015). “The Importance of Being NICE”, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 108(10): 385-389.
  6. Rumbold B. and Wilson J. (2016). “Reasonable Disagreement and the Generally Unacceptable: A Philosophical Analysis of ‘Making Fair Choices’”. Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law 11(1): 91-96.
  7. A. David Napier, Clyde Ancarno, Beverley Butler, Joseph Calabrese, Angel Chater, Helen Chatterjee, François Guesnet, Robert Horne, Stephen Jacyna, Sushrut Jadhav, Alison Macdonald, Ulrike Neuendorf, Aaron Parkhurst, Rodney Reynolds, Graham Scambler, Sonu Shamdasani, Sonia Zafer Smith, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Linda Thomson, Nick Tyler, Anna-Maria Volkmann, Trinley Walker, Jessica Watson, Amanda C de C Williams, Chris Willott, James Wilson, Katherine Woolf (2014). Culture and Health. The Lancet, 384(9954): 1607--1639
  8. Wilson, J. (2014). “The Ethics of Disease Eradication.” Vaccine 32: 7179–7183.
  9. Wilson J. (2014). “Embracing Complexity: Theory, Cases and the Future of Bioethics”, Monash Bioethics Review 32(1-2): 3-21.
  10. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2012). “Promoting health equity”, BMJ 345:e4881.
  11. Wilson J. (2012) “Paying for patented drugs is hard to justify: an argument about time discounting and medical need”, Journal of Applied Philosophy 29(3): 186--199.
  12. Wilson J. (2012). “Persons, Post-Persons and Thresholds”, Journal of Medical Ethics 38(3): 143-4.
  13. Yvonne Rydin, Ana Bleahu, Michael Davies, Julio D Davila, Sharon Friel, Giovanni De Grandis, Nora Groce, Pedro Hallal, Ian Hamilton, Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago Ka Man Lai, CJ Lim, Juliana Martins, David Osrin, Ian Ridley, Ian Scott, Myfanwy Taylor, Paul Wilkinson, James Wilson (2012). “Shaping Cities For Health: The Complexity Of Planning Urban Environments In The 21st Century”, The Lancet 379(9831): 2079--2108.
  14. Kessel A. and Wilson J. (2012).“The quest for culturally sensitive health care systems in Scotland: insights for a multi-ethnic Europe”, Journal of Public Health 34(1): 12-13.
  15. Wilson J. (2011). “Why It's Time to Stop Worrying About Paternalism in Health Policy”, Public Health Ethics 4(3): 269-279. Reprinted in Thomas Schramme ed. New Perspectives on Paternalism and Health Care (Springer, 2015).
  16. Wilson J. (2011). “Freedom of Information and Research Data”, Research Ethics 7(3): 107-111.
  17. Edwards S. and Wilson J. (2011). “Hard Paternalism and Clinical Research: Why Not”, Bioethics 26(2): 68--75.
  18. Wilson J. and Hunter D. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. 45--54. Target article, with nine commentaries.
  19. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism -- Responses to Open Peer Commentaries”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. W4--W6
  20. Wilson J. and Dawson A. (2010). “Giving Liberty Its Due, But No More: Trans Fats, Liberty and Public Health”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(3): pp.34--36.
  21. Wilson. J. (2010) “Ontology and the Regulation of Intellectual Property”, The Monist 93(3): pp. 453--66.
  22. Wilson J. (2009). “Justice and the Social Determinants of Health: an overview”, Public Health Ethics 2(3): pp. 210--213.
  23. Wilson J. (2009). “Towards a Normative Framework for Public Health Ethics and Policy”, Public Health Ethics 2(2): pp. 184--194.
  24. Wilson J. (2009). “Could there be a Right to Own Intellectual Property?”, Law and Philosophy 28(4): pp. 393--427.
  25. Wilson J. (2009). “Not So Special After All? Daniels and the Social Determinants of Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics 35(1), pp. 3--6.
  26. Athanassoulis N. and Wilson J. (2009). “When is Deception in Research Ethical?”, Clinical Ethics 4(1): pp. 44--49.
  27. Wilson J. and Sokol D. (2009). “Do we need a concept of intraoperative complication?”, World Journal of Surgery 33, p.1102.
  28. Sokol, D. and Wilson, J. (2008). “What is a surgical complication?”, World Journal of Surgery 32(6), pp. 942--44. Target article, with seven invited commentaries.
  29. Wilson, J. (2007). “Is Respect for Autonomy Defensible?”, Journal of Medical Ethics 33, pp. 353--356.
  30. Wilson, J. (2007). “Transhumanism and Moral Equality”, Bioethics 21, pp. 419--425.
  31. Wilson, J. (2007). “GM Crops: Patently Wrong?”, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20, pp. 261--283.
  32. Wilson, J. (2006). “Microsoft on Copyright: an Ethical Analysis”, ICFAI Journal of Intellectual Property Rights 5(4), pp. 73-83. Reprinted in Digital Copyright: Infringement Issues, ed. V. Audhinarayana (Hyderabad: Amicus Books, 2008) and Microsoft Way: a Growth Strategy, ed. N. Kalai Selvan (Hyderabad: ICFAI Books, 2008).

Chapters in Books

  1. Wilson J. (2014). “Global Health Inequalities and Inequities”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 1347-53.
  2. Wilson J. (2014). “Addendum to ‘Research Methodology’”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 2810-11.
  3. Kessel A., Wilson J., Abubakar I., Watson J., Pebody R., Zambon R., Amirthalingam G., Kitching A., Ramsay M., Hughes G., Delpech V., Savage E., Desai S., Bloomer E., and Goldblatt P. (2013). “Health Inequalities and Infectious Diseases”, in Davies, S.C. Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, Volume Two, 2011, Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance London: Department of Health (2013), pp. 51-62.
  4. Wilson J. (2013). “Drug Resistance, Patents and Justice”. In Global Health and International Community: Ethical, Political and Regulatory Challenges (ed. J. Coggon and S. Gola, Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 151-164.
  5. Wilson J. (2012). “On the value of the intellectual commons”. In New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property (ed. Annabelle Lever, Cambridge University Press), pp. 122-139.
  6. Wilson J. (2011). “Health Inequities”. In Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts in Policy and Practice, ed. A. Dawson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  7. Gopfert M., McLelland N. and Wilson J. (2010) “Maternal Mental Health: an ethical base for best practice”. The Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health ed. D. Kohen, chapter 8 pp. 59-71.
  8. Wilson, J. (2007). “Rights”. In Principles of Healthcare Ethics eds. R. Ashcroft, A. Dawson, H. Draper and J. McMillan. Chester: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 239-246.
  9. Wilson, J. (2007). “Nietzsche and Equality”. In Nietzsche and Ethics ed. G. von Tevenar. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 221-240.


  1. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2011). Hyper-expensive treatments: ethical and policy issues. Background paper for Nuffield Council on Bioethics Forward Look seminar.
  2. The Royal Society (2012). Science as an open enterprise. I worked as a Senior Policy Adviser on this report from July 2011 - April 2012.


  1. Wilson, J. (2012). “Review of Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs”, Journal of Applied Philosophy 29(3): 268-70.
  2. Wilson, J. (2009). “Review of Choosing Life, Choosing Death”, Times Higher Education, July 2 2009.
  3. Wilson, J. (2003). “Review of Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17(4), pp. 323-5.

Popular Articles and Interviews

Popular Articles

  • and the Future of the NHS”, Discover Society, 9 (3 June 2014).
  • “Parental mental ill health – what informs good practice?”, Michael Gopfert, Nora McLelland and James Wilson for Context: The magazine for family therapy, April 2010.
  • Ethics of Reality TV”, article written with Daniel Sokol for BBC News Online, 30 May 2007.