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Instructor: Will Conner (incoming July 1, 2024). This course meets MWF 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. in FH 104.

Determining what it means to live well and how best to promote the wellbeing of others raises challenging questions. In this class, we will work together to find answers. We’ll begin by examining major ethical frameworks, including utilitarianism, deontology, and feminist care ethics, which we will then put to use in discussing the following topics: disability, flourishing, and the concept of health; genetic enhancement and eugenics; the ethics of abortion; death, dying, and euthanasia; paternalism and public health; informed consent and autonomy; and justice and access to health care. Through discussion and debate of these difficult and sensitive issues, students will develop and refine their philosophical abilities and will leave the class better equipped to grapple with difficult bioethical questions.


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