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 itself include an analysis of the Affordable Care Act or current legislative proposals; 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; obesity and personal responsibility for illness; and justice in medical research, including “double standards” for research conducted in less developed countries.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluations will be based on biweekly papers, oral commentaries, and tutorial discussions
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors, Public Health concentrators, and students committed to taking the tutorial
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: JLST Interdepartmental Electives; PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses; PHLH Bioethics + Interpretations of Health;