Meghan Winsby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy at Western. Her research is primarily concerned with topics in normative and applied ethics, with feminist emphasis in both areas, though she also has interests in moral psychology and philosophy of mind. Her doctoral research investigates the relationship between epistemic trust and the nature of promises. Among issues of practical concern are the real world conditions under which vulnerable persons are induced to trust, and asymmetries of understandings between parties to a promissory relationship. In health care settings especially, mismatches of these understandings and expectations can threaten doctor-patient relationships.
Sherwin, Susan and Meghan Winsby. “A Relational Perspective on Autonomy for Older Adults Residing in Nursing Homes” Health Expectations, 2010.
Winsby, Meghan. “Lady Sings the Blues: A Woman’s Perspective on Authenticity” Blues and Philosophy, ed. Fritz Allhoff (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Ltd, 2012).
June, 2013. Commentary for Scott Woodcock’s “Comic Immoralism and Relatively Funny Jokes” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Victoria, BC.
March, 2011. Commentary for Danielle Wylie’s “The Parameter Setting Problem for Moral Nativism” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA.
May, 2010. Commentary for Angel Petropanagos’s “Pronatalism, Biologism, and Oncofertility” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Montreal, QC.
May, 2009. Commentary for Lucy Langston’s “Renegotiating the Ascription of Moral Standing: Human Non-Persons and Non-Human Persons” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Ottawa, Ontario.
August, 2013. “Appeals to Conscience and Blameworthiness” 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference: Boulder, CO. [declined]
July, 2013. “Suffering Subroutines: On the Humanity of Making a Computer that Feels Pain.” International Association of Computation and Philosophy Annual Meeting: College Park, MD. [declined]
June, 2013. “Morals By Example: The Special Harm of Broken Promises to Children” (panel presentation: Developing Moral Agency: Children [organizer])
Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Victoria, BC.
June, 2013. “On the Natural Punishment of Conscience” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Victoria, BC.
August, 2012. “Promises to Children” International Society for Utilitarian Studies 12th International Conference (ISUS XII): New York, NY.
“Scientific Relativism and Objectivism: The Debate in Context.”
Northwestern University, Department of Philosophy, 1998.
June 2012. “Uncovering the Conscience Behind Conscientious Refusals” International Association of Bioethics 11th World Conference: Rotterdam, Netherlands.
June, 2011. “Organic Unities and Just Deserts” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Fredericton, NB.
June, 2010. “Defacing Choice: Cosmetic Surgery and Women’s Autonomy” Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference: Kelowna, BC.
June, 2010. “Lady Sings the Blues: The Importance of a Genre for Women’s Autonomy” Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics Annual Conference: Montreal, QC.
May, 2009 . “Doing Better With Age: Identity and Self-determination in Long-term Care” Canadian Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Ottawa, ON.
October, 2008. “Appropriate Deserts: Conceptual Analyses of Moral Desert and Responsibility” 9th Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference: Portland, Oregon.
Role: Research Assistant
Project Members: Carolyn McLeod, Michael Hickson, Lori Kantymir, Patrick Clipsham, Francoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, Daniel Weinstock, Reuven Brandt, Meghan Winsby.
Many bioethicists and health-policy makers are currently struggling with what to do about conscientious refusals by health care professionals to provide health care services, such as abortions. An important goal for this project is to conduct rigorous analyses of when conscientious refusals—in particular those that occur in reproductive health care—are morally and legally permissible, and of which policies and educational initiatives we need in Canada with respect to these refusals. Our practical aim is to encourage delivery of reproductive health care services that is appropriately respectful of conscience and that safeguards women’s reproductive health.
Winter, 2013, Phil 2070E (Ethics and Society), (Instructor).
Winter, 2012, Phil 1305G (Questions of the Day), (TA).
Fall, 2011, Phil 1130F (Big Ideas), (TA).
Winter, 2011, Phil 2715 (Health Care Ethics),(TA).
Fall, 2010, Phil 2730 (Media Ethics), (TA).
Fall, 2009, Phil 2710 (Existentialism), (TA).
Winter, 2009, Phil 2081(Ethics and the World of Business), (TA).
Fall, 2008, Phil 2020 (Introduction to Legal Thinking), (TA).
Fall, 2006, Phil 2805 (Ethics and Health Care), (TA).
Winter, 2006, Phil 2081 (Ethics and the World of Business), (TA).
Fall, 2005, Phil 2020 (Introduction to Legal Thinking), (TA).