Philosophy of Medicine

Description: Lecture, three to four hours; discussion, one hour (when scheduled). Focus on questions like what is health, what is well-being, what is mental disorder, and what is disability. Consideration of naturalistic, normative, and social constructivist types of answers, and error theories. Consideration of roles that fact, value, statistical norms, normal variation, normal function, and harm might have in these concepts. Study of consequences of different accounts of these concepts for people with minority bodies, minds, and sexualities, and for decisions about cure, enhancement, and reproduction. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 4.0
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