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Ethics of Medical Care

Phil 173

Dr. Segun Gbadegesin

Bioethics is a special branch of ethics applied to the realm of medicine and biomedical research. It is, in the words of one of its experts, “the response of traditional ethics to particular stresses and urgencies that have emerged by virtue of new discoveries and technology”. Its aim is to provide answers to the moral questions posed by new developments in bio-technology in the context of value pluralism. These developments require us to resolve the conflict between old beliefs and ideas of human well-being and the new ideas and values made possible by new technologies. The biomedical realm affects the quality of human life, birth and death; therefore, it must be of utmost importance for us to take decisions about how to act with respect to these issues. The mission of bioethics is to enable us to make such decisions.

The ultimate goal of this seminar is to expose students to the complexity of the issues that bioethics grapple with and to afford them a first-class understanding of the issues. Seminar participants will have an understanding of the history of bioethics and the various landmarks in its development. Seminar participants will be able to discuss the important topics in bioethics: ethical theory and principles of bioethics, physician-patient relationship, justice and allocation of health care resources, technology and the human control of life, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, and cross-cultural bioethics, among others. Seminar participants will discuss and analyze sample cases to ascertain their understanding of the issues.


African American Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Egyptian Philosophy
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Classical Ethics
Comparative Philosophy: Philosophical Explanations of Evil Across Cultures
Current Topics: Philosophy and Ethics of Appropriate Technology and Development
Current Topics: Africana Philosophy and Film
Environmental Ethics
Ethics and Public Policy
Ethics of Medical Care
Ethics of Medical Care
History of Africana Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Social Science
Principles of Reasoning
Representative Thinkers
Seminar on Aristotle 
Symbolic Logic


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