PHIL 298 - Topics in Philosophy
Winter 2018, Section 001 - Bioethics
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Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
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Do people have a moral right to euthanasia, right to life, or right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy? What is the moral status of a human fetus, and how exactly does this question relate to the ethics of abortion? 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 value it? What is the relationship between health and well-being? In what cases, if any, should medical intervention go beyond the treatment or prevention of disease? Should people be allowed to sell their organs, or to receive payment for acting 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, critical engagement with a range of philosophical perspectives. In so doing, we will aim to build a deeper understanding of when, why, and how to apply abstract ethical considerations to real-life problems.


PHIL 298 - Topics in Philosophy
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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