Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

PHIL 284: Health Care Ethics

PHIL 284: Health Care Ethics

The Generic Catalog Description

This is a course on the role of moral reasoning in the healthcare setting. Typical issues include: the meaning of such basic concepts as health and disease, truth-telling in medical practice and informed consent in experimental settings, the criteria for distributing medical resources and the issues of a right to health care, and questions about authority, responsibility and professional autonomy in the making of healthcare decisions.

PHIL 284: Health Care Ethics

Victoria Wike

Philosophy 184 is a philosophy course that focuses on using philosophical tools (concepts, values, theories, forms of argumentation, and so on) to illuminate, analyze, and evaluate the practice and domain of health care. The course aims to enable you to become a better moral reasoner; that is, to improve your ability to recognize, think through, assess, and articulate your moral views as well as to understand, contribute to, and critique the views of others. The course has also been developed in partnership with Loyola's EVOKE office (Eliciting Vocations through Knowledge and Engagement). Hence, our reflection on the ethical topics of health care will include consideration of the notion of vocation or calling. To explore this notion we will read discussions of vocation, personal accounts of physicians who recognize vocations, and we will consider our own senses of vocation.

Typical texts:
Walter Glannon, Biomedical Ethics.
Gregory Pence, Classic Cases in Medical Ethics.
Handouts, including short readings and cases.