William  Harvey



Emeritus Professor


St. George,


  • BSc, University of Manitoba
  • BA, University of Manitoba
  • MA, University of Manitoba
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • LLB, University of TorontoToronto
  • Law Society of Upper Canada (retired 2005)

Designed and directed an Interdisciplinary Sequence (FST 200, 300, 400) entitled “Theory, Method and Practice” in 1969-72 (on the ethical, metaphysical and epistemological bases of the natural and social sciences, later called “Understanding the Sciences”.)

Co-founder of the multi-disciplinary Competency Clinic at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care (Psychiatry, Law and Philosophy), and Principal Investigator, SSHRC Strategic Grant in Applied Ethics (1991-1995), “Ethical and Legal Aspects in the Assessment of Competency in the Elderly”.

Co-Investigator, SSHRC Strategic Grant in Applied Ethics (Network) (1991-1993). A major result of the group’s consultations was the publication of The Health Care Ethics Consultant (Humana Press, 1994) edited by Francoise E Baylis.

Acting Director of the Centre for Bioethics (1995).

Director of the Collaborative Program in Bioethics (1995-1998).

Devised, Co-Directed and taught in the MHSc in Bioethics (Institute of Medical Science) (1998-2001).

Interim Bioethicist at Mt Sinai Hospital 1997-1998 and founding member of Ethics Committees at four local hospitals.

Member, Community Advisory Board (appointed by the Ministry of Health) and Chair of the Board’s Quality Assurance and Patient Care Committee, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Areas of research include moral and political philosophy, philosophy of law, bioethics including a focus on the assessment of mental competency, consent and surrogate decisionmaking, and end-of-life and critical care ethics.


William Harvey’s CV

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