Philosophy | Applied Ethics
P242 | 27890 | Shapshay


This course will focus on ethical issues related to medicine and the
promise of new biomedical technologies such as the genetic screening
and perhaps engineering of human embryos, cloning, and embryonic
stem cell research.  After a brief overview of major ethical
theories and moral reasoning in general, we will study the ethical
issues involved in the physician-patient relationship, medical
research with human and animal subjects, abortion, euthanasia, and
the just distribution of health care resources in the U.S. We will
also hear from several guest speakers with first-hand experience of
medical practice today, and of how national bioethics committees
function. By the end of the class, through the readings, lectures,
discussions, class debates, and several written assignments,
students should be able to reason through practical ethical issues
in a more sophisticated manner.