PHIL-548 Ethics of Death & Dying
Spring for 2017-2018
The ethical problems of the care of the terminally ill have been among the most controversial issues in medical ethics over the past decade: the definition of death, intentional killing or mercy, forgoing life-support, living wills, surrogate decision-making, ethics committees, neonatal death, and demands for futile care. This course will explore these issues combining lecture, discussion, and film. The course will not emphasize the sociological and psychological aspects of death and dying, concentrating instead on philosophical, ethical, and public policy issues.

There will be a mid-term during the first hour of one class and a final exam. The final exam will be a take-home final distributed the last day of class and due on the scheduled examination date.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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