PHIL 356 - Issues in Bioethics
Fall 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Advisory Prerequisites:
No prerequisites; one philosophy introduction is recommended.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Is there a universal right to health care, a right to euthanasia, a right to life, or a right to terminate a pregnancy? (How—if at all—are such rights claims justified, how are rights of this sort related to one another, and how should we resolve any apparent conflicts between them?) How should doctors balance respect for patient autonomy against concern for patient health in cases where they seem to pull apart? (What is autonomy, and why is it valuable? What is the relationship between health and well-being?) How should society allocate scarce medical resources, both domestically and internationally? Should people be allowed to sell their organs, or to be paid to act as surrogate mothers? What is the moral status of elective cosmetic surgery? In what cases should people be forbidden, allowed, encouraged, or required to use biomedical technologies to control their own physical or mental characteristics, or those of their children? Students will be encouraged to develop their own views on these and related issues, through careful and critical engagement with a variety of philosophical perspectives. In so doing, students will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and rewards inherent in applying abstract ethical considerations to real-life problems.


PHIL 356 - Issues in Bioethics
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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