Timetable

  • Check back regularly! Things may change as the class progresses
  • Class presentations are available:
    • As downloadable handouts - Handout
    • To view online - Presentation

Deadlines for graded assignments are highlighted thus:
See 'Assessment' page for more details

Tue

Feb 7

General Introduction

  • Essential philosophical skills.  Handout   Presentation

Thu

Feb 9

Snowed off

Intro: Arguments (will double up with Ethics on Feb 14)

  • Arguments: good, bad and ugly.   Handout   Presentation

Tue

Feb 14

Intro: Arguments (from Feb 9)

Ethics

  • Ethical theories  Handout   Presentation

 

Thu

Feb 16

The Survival Lottery  Handout   Presentation

  • Reading
    • John Harris, 'The Survival Lottery.' (Ch.49, pp.437-)

Tue

Feb 21

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 1: 'Survival Lottery' Abstract

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Feb 23

Review of 'Survival Lottery' abstract

Is there a duty to die?

Tue

Feb 28

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 2:
The Bad Argument Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Mar 2

Limits of patient autonomy

  • Reading
    • Ronald Dworkin, 'Life Past Reason.' (Ch.35, pp.333-)

Tue

Mar 7

Euthanasia 1

  • Reading
    • James Rachels, 'Active and Passive Euthanasia.' (Ch.24, pp.248-)

Thu

Mar 9

Euthanasia 2

Tue

Mar 14

Abortion 1

  • The abortion debate  Handout   Presentation
  • Reading
    • Judith Jarvis Thomson, 'A Defense of Abortion.' (Ch.3, pp.38-)  Handout   Presentation

Mon

Mar 15

11:55pm

Deadline: Abstract of the Famous Violinist argument from 'A Defense of Abortion'

  • 150 word max: Strictly enforced
  • Not a group project: Collaboration encouraged but individual submission required.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted!

Thu

Mar 16

Abortion 2

  • Reading
    • Don Marquis, 'Why Abortion is Immoral.' (Ch.4, pp.49-)  Handout   Presentation

Tue

Mar 21

Sex selection !!REPLACED BY CONTINUED DISCUSSION OF ABORTION!!

  • Reading !!NO LONGER REQURED!!
    • The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.' (Ch.12, pp.136-)
    • Julian Savulescu and Edgar Dahl, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Diagnosis: A Response.' (Ch.13, pp.141-)

Wed

Mar 22

11:55pm

Midterm Quiz: On Sakai@UD

Thu

Mar 23

Selection for disability

  • Reading
    • Mark Greene & Steve Augello, 'Everworse: What's wrong with selecting for disability?' (Via Sakai@UD)

Tue

Apr 4

Performance enhancing drugs

  • Reading
    • Julian Savulescu et al, 'Why We Should Allow Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport.' (On the web)

Thu

Apr 6

12:15am

In Class Group Project 3:
The Challenging Argument Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class

Tue

Apr 11

Review of Midterm Quiz

Student Choice Topic Selection

Research on Human Subjects 1

Thu

Apr 13

Research on Human Subjects 2

  • Readings
    • Samuel Hellman, 'The Patient and the Public Good.' (Ch.52, pp.466-)

Tue

Apr 18

US healthcare

  • Presentation
    • What's Not to Like about Universal Healthcare?  Handout   Presentation
  • Reading
    • Peter Singer, 'Why We Must Ration Health Care.' (On the web)

Thu

Apr 20

Medical Error

Tue

Apr 25

12:15pm

In Class Group Project 4:
The Consent Form Assignment

  • Groups assigned in class

Thu

Apr 27

Sex selection

  • Reading
    • The Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.' (Ch.12, pp.136-)
    • Julian Savulescu and Edgar Dahl, 'Sex Selection and Preimplantation Diagnosis: A Response.' (Ch.13, pp.141-)

Tue

May 2

Gene Engineering

  • Reading
    • Nick Bostrom, 'In Defense of Posthuman Dignity.' (Ch.20, pp.208-)`

Wed

May 3

11:55pm

Optional: The Bad Argument Assignment Redux

  • If you wish, you may submit a new version of the Bad Argument Assignment.
  • Individual submissions only - not a group project, though you are welcome to seek feedback from your colleagues.
  • Highest grade of the two Bad Argument Assignments counts.

Thu

May 4

12:15pm

Optional: In Class Extra Credit Project:
Wonks Vs. Fates Game

  • All will be revealed in class.

Tue

May 9

Selling Body Parts

  • Reading
    • Hippen, Benjamin E (2005). "In Defense of a Regulated Market in Kidneys from Living Vendors." Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30: 593-626. (Via UD Library.)

Thu

May 11

Markets: Against markets for organs

  • Reading
    • Hughes, Paul M. (2009). "Constraint, Consent, and Well-Being in Human Kidney Sales." The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34(6): 606-631. (Via UD Library.)

Tue

May 16

Review: Optional

  • Attend if you have last minute questions about the Final Quiz.

Wed

May 17

11:55pm

Final Quiz: On Sakai@UD