, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 133-134
Date: 14 Jun 2013

In Memory of Gavin Mooney

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Gavin Mooney, pioneer health economist, controversialist, and public intellectual, was born in Glasgow on October 30, 1943, and died with his partner Del Weston on December 19, 2012, under dreadful and tragic circumstances. He grew up in a socialist home and remained fiercely committed to the redress of inequity throughout his working life. He was 69 when he died.

He embodied distinctive characteristics of the Scottish Enlightenment: Adam Smith’s morality of resolve and sympathy, David Hume’s habits of scepticism and recognition of the importance of human “passions,” and Thomas Reid’s common sense were all living parts of Gavin’s underpinning philosophy. He admired and absorbed the ideas of many others, particularly the capabilities approach of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum and the health philosophy of his close friend and colleague Uffe Juul Jensen in Denmark.

Strong views about welfare, justice, and disadvantage powered Gavin’s fervent and committed approach to the problems of health ...