Friday, November 22, 2013

New assignment, due Monday after Thanksgiving:
Read Pence Ch 15 and 16 on Aids and Medicine and Inequality.
Write: what are three of the most important issues, claims and/or arguments from the chapters?

Today we started reading this related article:
Racial Health Disparities & Race-Based Bioethics: A Critique of a Critique

Monday, November 18, 2013

Library Guide to Philosophy resources:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

No class Friday; for Monday

We will not have class Friday so that you can work on your assignments, some of which might be late.
Please contact me by Monday by email with extensive details about your final project.

We have read classic articles in bioethics by
- James Rachels,
- Francis Beckwith (not a 'classic', but important nevertheless), with a mention of David Boonin,
- Mary Anne Warren,
- Judith Thompson,
- Tom Regan,
- Tibor Machan,
- some papers by Nathan Nobis on various issues (not quite classics ..)

Most of these papers and authors continue to be discussed. For a final project you could find some recent criticism or objection of these authors, or a more recent article by some of these authors, and explain whether the objection or criticism is a good one or not. That could easily result in a conference-worthy presentation!

Or you could do a topic that we haven't yet discussed much.

Contact me by Monday with a detailed plan. Monday we might discuss that article of mine on animal experimentation that I handed out the other day.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Extra credit: The next event in the Series on Political Philosophy in Atlanta (SOPHIA) will take place this coming Monday, Nov. 11th, at 3pm in the African American Hall of Fame.  Chioke I’Anson, of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Spelman, will speak on “The Neglected Question of Race in International Humanitarian Discourse.”  For more information, please see the attached flyer or visit the series website:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In class, we are reading Tom Regan's article "Empty Cages: Animal Rights and Vivisection." Please continue to read this.

For Monday, read  in Pence the chapters entitled "Research on Humans Subject" and "Can Medical Research on Animals Be Justified?" Identify at least 5 important themes or issues from those chapters and write something that presents these themes either as an (a) essay or, more interestingly (b) a Powerpoint presentation or, even better (c) an audio or audio/visual lecture, recorded by a webcam or whatever else. Due Monday.