PHIL 165.001 – Bioethics

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Instructor: Alex Marcoci. This course meets MWF 1:25 – 2:15 p.m. in WG 302.

This course engages with contemporary healthcare policy debates by analysing the normative questions about morality and justice underlying them. The course will be structured in three separate parts: (a) the ethics of doctor-patient relations; (b) the ethics of research; and (c) the ethics of healthcare policy. The course will guide students in formulating their own answers to questions such as: Can healthcare practitioners override a patient’s wishes? Are clinical trials ethical? Is abortion ever morally permissible? Is there a right to healthcare? Should there be a market for organs? No prior experience with philosophy is required.