Up@dawn 2.0

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Returning to MTSU, Spring 2017

PHIL 3345,


TTh 4:20-5:45 pm, BAS S330

Supporting the philosophical study of bioethics, bio-medical ethics, biotechnology, and the future of life, at Middle Tennessee State University and beyond... "Keep your health, your splendid health. It is better than all the truths under the firmament." William James

The anchoring theme will again be the psychological and social dimensions of medicine and the life sciences, from birth to death.

Texts 2017. We’ll begin with these texts:

·         Bioethics: The Basics (Campbell) ”...the word ‘bioethics’ just means the ethics of life…”

·         On Immunity (Biss) “If we imagine the action of a vaccine not just in terms of how it affects a single body, but also in terms of how it affects the collective body of a community, it is fair to think of vaccination as a kind of banking of immunity.”

·         Gratitude (Oliver Sacks) “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” -Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

For more info contact phil.oliver@mtsu.edu, or visit http://bioethjpo.blogspot.com/

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