PHIL 165.001 – Bioethics

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Instructor: Christopher Howard. This course meets MWF 1:25 – 2:15 p.m. in GL 222.

Bioethics is a species of practical ethics that investigates the various ethical issues that emerge in the arenas of clinical medicine, biomedical research, and public health. This course explores a small sampling of traditional and contemporary bioethical questions central to the field’s focus. We’ll begin with some ethical questions that arise in the context of a doctor-patient relationship—questions involving autonomy, paternalism, and consent. Next, we’ll cover some specific issues in bioethics: abortion and disability. Finally, we’ll consider some political and economic issues of bioethical relevance, with a particular focus on issues surrounding health care (in)equality, privatization, and biomedical markets at the margins.