History And Philosophy Of Science | Morality and Medicine: Problems of Medical Ethics
X100 | 2977 | Backe


In this course, we will consider some of the central ethical questions
raised in contemporary medicine.  Specific questions to be addressed
include:  Should doctors ever be permitted to withhold information
from their patients?  Should medical experiments sacrifice scientific
validity in order to avoid exposing human subjects to risk?  Is it
ever permissible for a doctor to take the life of a terminally-ill
patient who has asked to die?  Should abortions be allowed in order to
avoid bringing children with genetic diseases into the world?  Which
patients should receive transplant surgery when there is only a
limited bumer of organs available?  Our treatment of each of these
questions will correspond to the respective topics of informed consent
and truth-telling, human-subject research, euthanasia, genetic and
reporductive technologies, and organ allocation.  The ulimate aims of
the course are to have students be able to:  1) identify the different
perspectives that one might take on each of the above issues, 2)
understand the philosophical foundations upon which these different
perspectives rest, and 3)critically evaluate these different
perspectives.  The primary readings for the course will be selected
articles from Ronald Munson's text, INTERVENTION AND REFLECTION:
BASIC ISSUES IN MEDICAL ETHICS, 5th ed.  There are no prerequisites to
enrolling in this course.

Discussion Sections
9037   F   9:05a.m. - 9:55a.m.   Ballantine Hall 015
9038   F   2:30p.m. - 3:20p.m.   Ballantine Hall 015