Course Schedule (PHI 3633 | Fall 2017)
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DateTopicRequired ReadingsNotes
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8/22/2017Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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8/24/2017Moral Reasoning & Moral TheoryRuss Shafer-Landau, The Fundamentals of Ethics, Ch. 1; Peg Tittle, "The Trolley Problem"
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8/29/2017Lewis Vaughn, Doing Ethics, Ch. 4 (pp. 65-70) & Ch. 7Exam 1 Study Guide Distributed
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8/31/2017James Rachels, "The Challenge of Cultural Relativism"
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9/5/2017Law & MoralityMartin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
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9/7/2017CLASSES CANCELLED (HURRICANE IRMA)
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9/12/2017
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9/14/2017Principles of Biomedical EthicsTom Beauchamp & James Childress, Excerpts from Principles of Biomedical Ethics
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9/19/2017Lying to PatientsGerald Dworkin, "Are These 10 Lies Justified?"; Joseph Collins, "Should Doctors Tell the Truth?"Exam 1 Posted to Canvas (Modified to a Take-Home Exam due to class cancellations)
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9/21/2017Informed ConsentAlan Meisel & Mark Kuczewski, "Legal and Ethical Myths about Informed Consent"
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9/26/2017Conscientious ObjectionJulie Cantor and Ken Baum, "The Limits of Conscientious Objection"
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9/27/2017Exam 1 Due at 9:00 am
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9/28/2017ConfidentialityMary Beth Armstrong, "Confidentiality" (pp. 78-80); Kenneth Kipnis, "A Defense of Unqualified Medical Confidentiality"
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10/3/2017Allocation of Medical ResourcesJohn Harris, "The Survival Lottery"; Richard Chappell, "Against 'Saving Lives': Equal Concern and Differential Impact"Exam 2 Study Guide Distributed
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10/5/2017Daniel Callahan, "Aging and the Ends of Medicine"; Alvin Moss & Mark Siegler, "Should Alcoholics Compete Equally for Liver Transplantation?"
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10/10/2017Debra Satz, "Ethical Issues in the Supply and Demand of Human Kidneys"
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10/12/2017Exam 2
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10/17/2017DeathEpicurus on Death; Thomas Nagel, "Death"
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10/19/2017AbortionDon Marquis, "Why Abortion Is Immoral"
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10/24/2017Judith Thomson, "A Defense of Abortion"; L. W. Sumner, "A Moderate View"
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10/26/2017Mary Anne Warren, "On the Moral and Legal Status of Abortion" (pp. 52-61)
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10/31/2017Imperiled NewbornsJeff McMahan, "Infanticide and Moral Consistency"
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11/2/2017Richard Brandt, "Defective Newborns and the Morality of Termination"Exam 3 Study Guide Distributed
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11/7/2017Physician-Assisted SuicideDan Brock, Excerpts from "Voluntary Active Euthanasia"; David Orentlicher & Lois Snyder, "Can Assisted Suicide Be Regulated?"
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11/9/2017David Boonin, "How to Argue Against Active Euthanasia"
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11/14/2017Alzheimer's & DeathRonald Dworkin, "Life Past Reason"
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11/16/2017Exam 3
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11/19/2017Term Paper Outline Due by 5:00 pm
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11/21/2017No Class: Reading Day
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11/23/2017No Class: Thanksgiving Holiday
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11/28/2017Course ConclusionNone
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11/30/2017Exam Retake Review Session (Attendance Optional)
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12/5/2017Exam Retakes During Final Exam Period (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
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12/8/2017Term Papers and Any Remaining Coursework Due by Midnight
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