Simon Wigley

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Associate Professor
Department Chair

Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science

Areas of Interest: Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics

Personal Homepage: https://simon-wigley.com/

Email: wigley@bilkent.edu.tr
Phone: +90-312-290 3348 / 1072
Office: H249
 

About

Simon Wigley studied philosophy, politics and economics at Otago University in New Zealand. After completing his masters and doctoral studies at London School of Economics and Political Science he started working at the department of political science at Bilkent University. In 2003 he moved to the newly created department of philosophy at Bilkent. His research interests are varied, ranging from theoretical work in normative political philosophy to empirical work in comparative politics. At the moment much of his research time is devoted to a long term project on the impact of political institutions on population health. This has an important bearing on the question of whether democracy can be justified because of the outcomes that it produces. Further research interests include the justification of parliamentary immunityeducation and the capabilities approach, as well as the apparent incompatibility between automatic unconscious behavior and moral responsibility. His work has been published in a number of journals, including World Politics, Social Science & Medicine, Public Choice, Social Indicators Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Philosophical Psychology, Law and Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and the Journal of Political Philosophy.

Find out more about Simon Wigley in Bilkent’s alumni magazine, Dergi Bilkent (pp. 13-14).

 

Sample publications

Wigley, S. (2017).  The Impact of Democracy and Media Freedom on Under-5 Mortality, 1961-2011Social Science & Medicine, 190, 237-246  (with Arzu Akkoyunlu).

Wigley, S. (2017). The Resource Curse and Child Mortality, 1961-2011Social Science & Medicine, 176, 142–148.

Wigley, S. (2012). Justicized Consequentialism: Prioritizing the Right or the Good? The Journal of Value Inquiry, 46(4), 467–479.

Wigley, S. (2011). The Impact of Regime-Type on Health: Does Redistribution Explain Everything? World Politics, 63(4), 647–677 (with Arzu Akkoyunlu).

Wigley, S. (2011). Do Electoral Institutions Have an Impact on Population Health? Public Choice, 148(3–4), 595–610 (with Arzu Akkoyunlu).

Wigley, S. (2009). Disappearing Without a Moral Trace? Rights and Compensation During Times of Emergency. Law and Philosophy, 28(6), 617–649.

Nohl, A.-M., Akkoyunlu, A., & Wigley, S. (Eds.). (2008). Education in Turkey. Münster; New York: Waxmann.

Wigley, S. (2007). Automaticity, Consciousness and Moral Responsibility. Philosophical Psychology, 20(2), 209–225.

Wigley, S. (2006). Voluntary Losses and Wage Compensation. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 5(3), 363–376.

Wigley, S. (2003). Parliamentary Immunity: Protecting Democracy or Protecting Corruption? Journal of Political Philosophy, 11(1), 23–40.