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Nancy A.S. Jecker
B H 420
Seattle Campus

Philosophical Problems in Bioethics

Introduces the philosophical concepts and controversies that underlie contemporary bioethical debates. Explores issues using the literature of bioethics and philosophy, contemporary film, works of fiction, and conversations with health professionals. Students learn philosophical methods of analysis and argument, and debate different sides of ethical issues.

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This course introduces students to philosophical concepts and controversies that underlie contemporary bioethical debates. We examine philosophical ideas such as personhood, personal identity over time, autonomy, medical futility, and death. We then consider the application of these ideas to contemporary problems in bioethics, such as abortion, animal rights, informed consent, advance care planning, traumatic brain injury, stopping medical treatment, and caring for patients at the end of life.

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Last Update by Nancy A.S. Jecker
Date: 01/31/2012