PHIL 337
Justice in Health Care Fall 2009
Division II
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Justice is a notoriously complex and elusive philosophical concept, the conditions of which are even more difficult to articulate within real world institutions and contexts than in the abstract. In this course we’ll explore justice as a fundamental moral principle and as a desideratum of the US health care system. The first portion of the course will be devoted to considering general theories of justice as well as alternative conceptions of justice within the health care context. This will provide the background for subsequent examination of specific topics, which may include, among others: justice in health care financing and reform, which may include an analysis of any Obama administration proposal(s); justice in health care rationing, with particular attention to the relationship between rationing criteria and gender, “race,” disability, and age; justice in the procurement and allocation of organs for transplantation; AIDS and personal responsibility for illness; and justice in medical research, including “double standards” for research conducted in less developed countries.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1069
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluations will be based on written work, oral presentations of that work, and on oral critiques
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors, students in the International Studies Global Health Track, and students committed to taking the tutorial
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: INST Global Health Studies Electives
PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health

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