Daniel Callahan, "The WHO Definition of Health"
The concept of 'health' an overly general concept, on a par with concepts such as 'truth',
'happiness', 'love', 'good', etc.
It's far too general, as are the other concepts listed above
Lecture 3 Abortion
It deals, as part of the topic, with the status and rights of border line entities such as
In the discussions of embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and genetic engineering, we
encounter the same issue the stat
Don Marquis, Why abortion is immoral
Marquis thesis abortion is, except in rare cases (e.g., therapeutic abortion or rape),
seriously immoral and it is in the same category as killing an innocent adult human
Human Cloning, continued.
Thesis: The prospect of human cloning is revolting.
Yes, revulsion is a feeling, not a rational attitude, but in crucial cases, revulsion is the
emotional bearer of deep wisdom, beyond reasons power to fully articulate
Joel Feinberg discusses two basic ethical concepts: right and interest
Feinbergs main argument: to have a right is to have a claim to something and against
someone, the recognition of which could be used to protect ones legal rights or ones
Topics and texts to be covered on the midterm on February 11, 2016:
Intro lecture: Ethical theories
Health: Daniel Callahan, The WHO Definition of Health; W. Miller
Brown, On Defining Disease
Abortion: Susan Sherwin, Abortion Through a Feminist Ethics
Bioethics: Intro Lecture
What is Biomedical Ethics?
Bioethics is a hybrid discipline it is considered applied ethics
It applies general ethical theories, principles and rules to problems of therapeutic practice,
health care delivery and medical and biol
David Resnik article
Resniks thesis: before judging the moral significance and consequences of
human genetics, we should make a distinction between genetic therapy and
The distinction, however, doesnt mark a firm moral b
The analysis of the first question leads to the conclusion that from a moral point of view,
the concepts of letting die and killing in the context of euthanasia are on equal grounds.
The analysis of the second question leads to the co
NRT (New Reproductive Technologies)
-Overalls Solution: educating about rather than banning NRT (we should be careful banning anything,
education is better)
-If women, as individuals (not a part of a couple), are well educated about their option
March 1, 2016
Midterm 1 Correction (EVEN THO YOU DONT HAVE YOURS)
1. Marguis argues that abortion is immoral because it denies a particular future.
Contraception however, there is no particular subject with a particular future,
there that is permissible.
EXAM all topics after midterm not including defining death, same format as first
-right to die?
-assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia
-even if it were illegal (it has been), people will do it anyway
-underground systems- Dr. Kevorkian
Justice and Access to Health Care
Insurance companies not paying for the shit that there clients need and
essentially cutting them off and leaving them to die even
Define Canada: it is a country with state run health care
Tuesday, March 15 2016
Right to Die
Right to die with dignity
Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel: End of Life Decision Making
Stresses the role (primary role) of the individual autonomy in liberal Western
Lecture 9- February 9, 2016
Question: Who gets to choose with any kind of medical treatment? (right to die)
Doctor always right
Patient always right
Find a right in between
At some point you may be incapacitated.
How long would you want to continue?
February 23rd (Post Reading Week)
Is there one standard of morals for everyone? Is there one true right and wrong or is
it based on what you are related to: i.e. your culture in time and place?
Question whether rights and morals are the
Documentary Fix Me
People how are dying are trying to find a fix for themselves even though
doctors said there is nothing that can be done (lots of these result in scams)
People looking for cures and then they I go try and find them even t
Mississippi wants to become the first state to top all abortions from
Protestors are standing outside the last abortion clinic in the entire state
The staff that work at the clinic are literally willing to put their life ta ri
PHI2396 Lecture 2- January 15, 2016
Case 1: Baby Joseph
Born with a fatal disease (did not have long to live but they could prolonged
his life by giving him a painful operation)
Why put him through all this pain so he could live a little bit longer? The
Lecture 7- February 5, 2016
Procreation and Child Rearing (having babies)
We are now able to technically choose what kind of baby you want
o We can select for certain traits
Article- Procreative Beneficence: Why We Should Select the Best Children (Juliea
Lecture 3: Monday, January 19, 2016
MOVIE: Never Let Me GO
Sci-Fi movie where we have clones of everyone that are basically just there to
be a supply department of organs for there real person
Greater good; by having a simply of clones are life threaten
Lecture 4- Jan 22, 16
Movie about how your DNA will determine your place in society
This guy is really smart but he doesnt have the right DNA so he tries to trick
THATS NOT FAIR
End justifies the means
In Paris there were so