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Instructor: Gerard Rothfus. This course meets TR 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. in CW 105.

This course surveys (some of) the rich field of contemporary bioethics, with an emphasis on examining controversies in modern medicine surrounding the making and taking of human life.  Students will wrestle with classic philosophical questions like when and why is killing wrong?, what are the extent and limits of bodily autonomy?, what duties do parents owe their offspring?, etc., and then consider how different answers to these questions bear upon topics as significant and contested as the ethics of abortion, euthanasia, assisted reproductive technologies, and use of animal subjects in medical research.


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