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Illingworth, Patricia

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Office: 361 Holmes Hall
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617-373-4167

Patricia Illingworth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and in the College of Business Adminstration, as well as a Lecturer in Law at the Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Illingworth has expertise in both philosophy and law. She teaches courses in global justice, medical and business ethics, bioethics, and health policy and law. She has served on the Human Rights Committee of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the Ethics Committee of the Mount Auburn Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Professor Illingworth has written two books, AIDS and the Good Society (Routledge 1991) and Trusting Medicine: The Ethics of Managed Care (under review). She has also published widely in scholarly journals on professional ethics, the ethics of managed care and other issues that overlap business and medical ethics. She has held fellowships at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School. Professor Illingworth has been admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. Most recently her research is on ethics, philanthropy and charitable tax law.


The Power of Pills, co-edited with Udo Schuklenk and Jillian Claire Cohen; Pluto Press, MacMillan Publications (2006)

Trusting Medicine: The Moral Costs of Managed Care; Routledge (2005)

Ethical Healthcare, Co-edited with Wendy Parmet; Prentice Hall (2005)

AIDS and the Good Society; Routledge (1995)

Select Publications

“In Our Best Interest: Meeting Moral Duties to LGB Adolescent Students, (with Timothy Murphy), forthcoming in The Journal of Social Philosophy.

“The Dilemma of International Property Rights for Pharmaceuticals: the Tension Between Securing Access of the Poor to Medicines and Committing to International Agreements, (with Jillian Clare Cohen), Developing World Bioethics, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2003 pp. 27-48.

“Trust: The Scarcest of Medical Resources, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Vol. 27, No. 1, 2002 pp. 30-46.

“Employer Leadership in the Era of Workplace Rationing, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2001 pp. 172-183.

Giving Well: The Ethics of Philanthropy. Editors: Patricia Illingworth, Thomas Pogge, and Leif Wenar. Oxford University Press (2010).


Northeastern University, Department of Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy & Religion Department offers a variety of courses and programs in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. Philosophy is a broad and varied field of inquiry. It encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience and intersects with virtually every intellectual...

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