Eric Mathison

Portrait of Eric Mathison
Assistant Professor (CLTA)
Telephone number
(416) 208-2975
Building MW 370


Eric's research and teaching interests are in applied ethics, especially bioethics, and normative ethics. Prior to coming to UTSC, Eric was a clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services, which involved working with healthcare providers to address ethical questions that arose in patient care. He also did policy work related to the pandemic, including on the ethics of mandatory vaccination policies, distributing scarce resources fairly, and incentivizing people to get vaccinated. Eric's other research interests include ill-being and the ethics of queues. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine and has a PhD from the University of Toronto. 


  • PhD, Philosophy (University of Toronto)
  • MA, Philosophy (University of Toronto)
  • BA (Honours), Philosophy (University of Calgary)

Teaching Interests

Teaching in 2023-24

PHLB09 Biomedical Ethics

PHLC07 Death and Dying

PHLC10 Topics in Bioethics

PHLD89 Advanced Seminar in Philosophy: The Socrates Project for Applied Ethics

Research Interests

Value Theory, Applied Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Medical Ethics


  • Forthcoming. “Anti-Achievement.” Chapter in a book on well-being published by Oxford University Press.
  • 2021. “Taking the Long View on Slippery Slope Objections.” Journal of Medical Ethics.
  • 2021. “The Wrong Argument for a Bad Law.” American Journal of Bioethics.
  • 2021. Eric Mathison and Jeremy Davis. “Value Promotion as a Goal of Medicine.” Journal of Medical Ethics.
  • 2020. “Saying It Don’t Make It So: A Response to Winnington and MacLeod.” New Zealand Journal of Medicine.
  • 2020. Jeremy Davis and Eric Mathison. “The Case for an Autonomy-Centred View of Physician-Assisted Death.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.
  • 2017. Eric Mathison and Jeremy Davis. “Is There a Right to the Death of the Foetus?” Bioethics.