Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Here's our final meeting time, when everything is due:

10:00 AM

MWF

Tuesday, May 6th

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Be there on time to turn things in, do evaluations and report on your papers. With luck there will be door prizes, a raffle and a ferris wheel!

Here's an article of mine that overlaps with today's discussion:

"Feminist Ethics without Feminist Ethical Theory (or, more generally, phi-ethics without phi-ethical theory)" in Ethical Issues for the 21st Century, ed. Frederick Adams, special issue of the Journal of Philosophical Research, 2005, pp. 213-225. [PDF]

Monday, April 21, 2008

There are lots of videos on Youtube about this famous doctor and anthropologist Paul Farmer.
He has done a ton to help extremely poor people in Haiti.
He is (or would be) an advocate of something like what I called the "equal consideration" view I developed today. I do not know, however, what, if anything, he would think about Singer's arguments:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0C_1I5Ibr0
-- see the links to even more videos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Farmer

Re-read the chapter on AIDS and read the Chapter on medicine and equality for Wednesday.
Here's a double extra credit option for tonight:

Farm Sanctuary Co-Founder and President, Gene Baur is coming to Atlanta for a reading from his new book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.
Gene will be at the Borders bookstore at 3637 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite C, Atlanta, GA. This event starts at 7:30 PM. This event is free to the public, and his book with be available for sale. To learn more about Gene Baur's new book, please visit his website www.genebaur.org. A flier for this event is here .
If you go, please be there on time!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For Friday: Video below; read the "Singer Solution to World Poverty" and "Famine, Affluence and Morality" from Writings on an Ethical Life

For Monday: Pence chapter on AIDS and Africa. Raymond is presenting.
An extra credit opportunity for Monday night is below on the blog.

For Wed.: Pence chapter on inequality in medicine.

Peter Singer: A Dangerous Mind

Dr. Peter Singer has been called the most influential living philosopher. He has also been called a monster. In this thought-provoking program, he faces his critics and discusses his ideas on euthanasia, abortion, and infanticide. The program follows his worldwide tour of lectures and encounters, including case conferences and a trip to Austria, where most of his family was killed in the Holocaust. A range of commentators consider his utilitarian stance and its impact on public policy, including Wesley J. Smith, a bioethicist and attorney with International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide; Raimond Gaita, professor of moral philosophy at London University; and Harold T. Shapiro, former president of Princeton University, where Dr. Singer teaches. (56 minutes)




Item#: BVL33059
Copyright date: ©2003
VHS ISBN 978-0-7365-8946-8
DVD ISBN 978-1-4213-2930-7

Paper 3: Human & Animal Experimentation


Due: Final Exam time -- Tuesday, May 6th: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Write a clear, well-organized argumentative essay (5 page approx.) in which you:


1. Briefly describe and summarize the (arguably) morally worst experiments done on human beings. See Pence chapter on human experimentation.
2. Explain how the theories developed by Singer (in "All Animals Are Equal") and Regan (in "Empty Cages") would explain why these ways of treating human beings is wrong (if these theories would imply this). To do this, you must, of course, fully explain their theories and how they apply to the cases in (1) above.
3. Briefly describe and summarize the (arguably) morally worst experiments done on animals. See Singer, Regan and Pence writings on animal experimentation.
4. Explain how the theories developed by Singer (in "All Animals Are Equal") and Regan (in "Empty Cages") would explain why these ways of treating animals are wrong (if these theories would imply this). To do this, you must, of course, fully explain their theories and how they apply to the cases in (3) above.
5. Explain whether their arguments in (4) -- i.e., their arguments against animal experimentation -- are sound or not. Explain whether their arguments against the kinds of human experimentation in (1) are sound or not.
6. Defend your views from the strongest objections. Raise the strongest objections and respond to them.

Before writing, review the relevant sections on how to write a philosophy paper from Vaughn.

Paper 2 – ALSO DUE AT FINAL EXAM TIME?

???? Due in 2 weeks, April 18, in class. Or due Monday, or due at the Final time. No late papers accepted.????

In the last few weeks we have discussed the ethics of reproductive cloning (Pence Ch. 7), experimentation on or with human embryos and stem cells (Pence Ch. 6) and abortion (Pence Ch. 4). In addition to Pence, we have read a number of more “primary source” readings on these topics that advocated for various conclusions and argued for them.

For this paper I want you to pick one of the issues above, develop a conclusion about the morality of one of these issues, and defend it. You must discuss at least five arguments for and/or against your conclusion: perhaps you would want to present one main argument in favor of your conclusion and critique four arguments given in response to your view, or four arguments that are objections to your view.

You must discuss at least two sources beyond Pence.

You should re-read the relevant sections of the book on writing philosophical papers and make sure you follow that guidance.

Paper 3
Due: Final Exam time

Write a clear, well-organized argumentative essay (5 page approx.) in which you:

1. Briefly describe and summarize the (arguably) morally worst experiments done on human beings. See Pence chapter on human experimentation.
2. Explain how the theories developed by Singer (in "All Animals Are Equal") and Regan (in "Empty Cages") would explain why these ways of treating human beings is wrong (if these theories would imply this). To do this, you must, of course, fully explain their theories and how they apply to the cases in (1) above.
3. Briefly describe and summarize the (arguably) morally worst experiments done on animals. See Singer, Regan and Pence writings on animal experimentation.
4. Explain how the theories developed by Singer (in "All Animals Are Equal") and Regan (in "Empty Cages") would explain why these ways of treating animals are wrong (if these theories would imply this). To do this, you must, of course, fully explain their theories and how they apply to the cases in (3) above.
5. Explain whether their arguments in (4) -- i.e., their arguments against animal experimentation -- are sound or not. Explain whether their arguments against the kinds of human experimentation in (1) are sound or not.
6. Defend your views from the strongest objections. Raise the strongest objections and respond to them.

Before writing, review the relevant sections on how to write a philosophy paper from Vaughn.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Extra Credit opportunity

The Atlanta University Center Public Health Association

AND

The Morehouse College Health Careers & Pre-Dental Societies

Present

A Special Screening & Panel Discussion of the Documentary

“The AIDS Chronicles: Here to Represent”

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Morehouse College

Executive Conference Center Auditorium

Documentary Screening 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion (featuring participants from the documentary) 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

The new feature-length documentary focuses on the social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS on the African-American community of Atlanta. These stories, produced from material gathered over the last four years, give insight into the reasons why HIV/AIDS is still a major threat to the black population of urban centers nationwide.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Extra Credit Lecture
Next Monday
Double extra credit (if not more?!)
It's a talk and booksigning for Gene Baur's book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food: http://www.genebaur.com/

April 21
.......................Book Signing ~ Borders.............................................FLIER
Atlanta, GA...............7:30PM - 9:30PM
.......................................3637 Peachtree Road NE, Suite C, Atlanta, GA 30319

Gene Baur is founder of Farm Sanctuary
http://farmsanctuary.org

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Regan, Singer & Cohen on Youtube

The Regan & Cohen below are starts of a series of clips; hopefully it'll be clear how to find the next one:

Regan: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fTNNJspZXA4

Singer: http://insocrateswake.blogspot.com/2008/03/singer-on-animal-rights-on-colbert.html

Cohen: http://youtube.com/watch?v=kbk7xY9t-UQ

For Monday, we'll continue our discussion of Cohen. For Wed., please have read the Pence chapter on animal experimentation and have written an OPS assignment on it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

From Oprah

Salma Hayek
Not only is Salma an award-winning actress, primetime television producer and a new mother, she's also a big giver. She is working to help eradicate tetanus, a disease caused by deadly bacteria that enter the body through open wounds.

In developing countries with unsanitary conditions, tetanus is often transmitted during childbirth and infects both mother and child. The infection rages through the body like a powerful poison, and it leads to a swift, painful death in almost every case. These deaths can be prevented with a vaccine that costs just 5 cents per shot.

Salma is helping Pampers promote their just-launched One Pack = One Vaccine program. Each time someone purchases a pack of specially marked diapers, Pampers will donate one vaccination shot to UNICEF to fight tetanus in 12 countries. "What I love about this program is that it's so simple and everyone can participate," she says. "UNICEF has been working already on this, and they've been very successful with this program. They've eradicated the virus from many different countries, and now they are focusing on practically the last 12."

The One Pack = One Vaccine program is crucial to protecting the lives of thousands. "Every three minutes, a baby dies with horrible pain. During this interview, so many have died and suffered so much from it. And it's preventable," Salma says. "The goal is that there will be zero deaths after this—zero deaths in these 12 African countries."

Pampers is donating 1,000 vaccines for each member of today's Oprah Show audience—300,000 vaccines. And in honor of Oprah, they're donating 1 million vaccines—for a total of 1.3 million vaccines! To make your own contribution, visit pampers.com/unicef.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Hi,
Today, Monday, we talked about Regan's Empty Cages article. Here are a few other short things by Regan:

1. This is very simple: http://cultureandanimals.org/animalrights.htm

2. Here's article that reviews moral theories, argues that a moral theory based on moral rights is best, argues that the subject of a life criterion best explains the basis of human rights, and then argues that animals who are subjects of lives also have the moral right to respectful treatment:
The Case for Animal Rights, by Tom Regan In PETER SINGER (ed), In Defense of Animals
New York: Basil Blackwell, 1985, pp. 13-26:
http://www.animal-rights-library.com/texts-m/regan03.htm

3. And here's the page from U California Press about The Case for Animal Rights:
http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/1757001.php

Wednesday we will discuss Singer's "All Animals Are Equal" and "Tools for Research" chapters in Writings on An Ethical Life. An OPS assignment is due for them (as it was for Regan). Jamal
will be presenting that day.

Here's an article from the Stanford Philosophy Encyclopedia on animal consciousness:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness-animal/


Friday we will discuss this article; I'll give you copies in class:

Carl Cohen, “The Case for the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research,” New England Journal of Medicine, http://ethicsandanimals.googlepages.com/cohen.pdf

Friday, April 4, 2008

Due to unforeseen MLK events, the schedule has shifted:

For Monday we will move on to animal experimentation. The first thing we will discuss is by Tom Regan called "Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection." It is attached, and I will give you a print out of it in class Wed. OPS writing assignment on it is due Monday as well.

Wed. we will discuss Peter Singer's "All Animals Are Equal" chapter and "Tools for Research" from Writings on an Ethical Life. There is an OPS assignment on those due Wed. And I would like someone to present on these chapters -- i.e., give a very careful presentation of Singer's reasoning. Jamal volunteered to do that.

I gave you a writing assignment (paper 2) as well on abortion, cloning and/or stem-cell research.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bioethics

Paper 2

Due in 2 weeks, April 18, in class. No late papers accepted.

In the last few weeks we have discussed the ethics of reproductive cloning (Pence Ch. 7), experimentation on or with human embryos and stem cells (Pence Ch. 6) and abortion (Pence Ch. 4). In addition to Pence, we have read a number of more “primary source” readings on these topics that advocated for various conclusions and argued for them.

For this paper I want you to pick one of the issues above, develop a conclusion about the morality of one of these issues, and defend it. You must discuss at least five arguments for and/or against your conclusion: perhaps you would want to present one main argument in favor of your conclusion and critique four arguments given in response to your view, or four arguments that are objections to your view.

You must discuss at least two sources beyond Pence.

You should re-read the relevant sections of the book on writing philosophical papers and make sure you follow that guidance.

If you have any questions, ask Dr. Nobis.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Hi,
Tomorrow we will meet in the regular spot, our old classroom. With luck, we will watch Dr. Jenkin's video. Please make sure you have read the Pence chapter on Human Experimentation.

For Friday we will move on to animal experimentation. The first thing we will discuss is by Tom Regan called "Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection." It is attached, and I will give you a print out of it in class Wed. OPS writing assignment on it is due Friday as well.

Monday we will likely discuss Peter Singer's "All Animals Are Equal" chapter and "Tools for Research" from Writings on an Ethical Life. There is an OPS assignment on those due Monday. And I would like someone to present on these chapters -- i.e., give a very careful presentation of Singer's reasoning.

I will give you a writing assignment (paper 2) tomorrow as well on abortion, cloning and/or stem-cell researc