Spring 2023 Course Offering: PHIL 213, Medical Ethics

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November 8, 2022

PHIL 213: Medical Ethics with instructor Janelle Gormley will be offered during the spring 2023 semester on Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:20 p.m. in 34 Louise Pound Hall.

There is a question regarding what role that ethics, and broadly, philosophy, plays in the medical field, which seems to have its own set of norms. In the Hippocratic Oath, both ancient and modern versions, there are claims about harm, respecting patients, and compassion. This seems straightforward.

But the Hippocratic Oath does not seem to fill out what those terms mean. For example, if I am to do no harm, but must harm a patient in order to save them, how can I settle this worry?

Even further, while there are prescriptions for how one should act with respect to patients, the prescriptions leave out how to operate interpersonally between all in the medical field.

In this course, we will examine what tools philosophy can provide with respect to the medical field by not only critically engaging with various complex moral issues, but also by learning how to read complex texts and write about those texts.