Justice Health and Genetics

Credits: 2.00 CREDITS (Non-Clinical Elective)
Sites: HMS
Directors: Guenin, Louis M.
Offered: Spring
Time: 02/03/2009-05/26/2009; TU; 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: TMEC 428
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
In this seminar we encounter the problem of how benefits and burdens should be distributed in a just society, the significance for that problem of genetic assets, and how we should act in respect of persons and possible persons while pursuing some frontiers of biomedical research. Topics include egalitarian and libertarian theories of distributive justice, equal opportunity, the ethics of embryonic stem cell research, and genetic intervention. Philosophical discussions will be studied with attention to the rigorous analysis of argument. The goal is to explore questions for intrinsic interest and to prepare students for future moral and economic discussions.
Classroom performance and two short papers.
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