Fall 2012 Ethics Symposium: Ethics in Biology and Medicine
Biology and medicine--especially as they relate to human beings--have always possessed moral dimensions. For example, in advancing the discipline of human biology, there are countless moral virtues (like honesty) that we ought to cultivate, and innumerable moral duties (like 'tell the truth') that we ought to honor. Likewise, the practice of human medicine is enhanced, and arguably constituted by, both moral virtues (like compassion) and moral duties (like 'benefit the patient'). These moral dimensions of biology and medicine often intersect, and occasionally seem to be in competition with each other. In today's world, for example, continuing discussions about the meanings of human health, and the morally best ways of promoting human health, are important parts of our individual and communal lives. Illustrations of this can be found in the ongoing conversations about different types of stem cell research, learning about neurodevelopmental disorders, and the government's proper role in promoting human health. Come join us as we advance these discussions with some of the most interesting ethical issues in biology and medicine.
As always, this event is free and open to the public.
We especially welcome our colleagues and community members active in the biomedical, health care and related fields to participate!