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Medical Ethics Lecture 1

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Medical Ethics Lecture 1 Phil 164H

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Covers syllabus, how to do his reading outline assignments, and an introduction to philosohphy
Medical Ethics
J. Dixon
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Date Created: 09/06/16
Phil 164 ­ Medical Ethics I  University of Massachusetts, Amherst  Professor Dixon  Lecture 1    I. Office Hours  A. Bartlett 367  B. Tuesday after class  II. Email  A.  III. Requirements   A. All information on Moodle  B. No textbook­ readings on moodle  IV. Grading  A. Participation = 20%  1. Participation consists of 5 reading outlines   a) Outline are on any eligible assigned reading  2. Each outline is 4% of final grade  B. Tests = 80%  1. 4 of 5 tests count (lowest grade is dropped)  2. Each test = 20% of final grade  V. Participation  A. Readings  1. Read at least once (recommended twice)  2. Think what is the purpose of this paragraph while reading  B. Reading outlines  1. 1­2 pages  2. Hard copy should be presented in class the day that reading will be  discussed or earlier   3. Electronically submitted materials will not be accepted  4. No more than 5 outlines count towards grade  5. Outlines determine who will get called on ­ if you did an outline, are  chosen to answer a question and are not present, you fail the assignment   6. Answering 6 questions   a) What is the topic of this text?  b) What is the central question(s) the author addresses in this text?  c) What is the author’s answer to this question(s)? (i.e. what is the  author’s thesis)  d) What are the reasons the author provides in support of their thesis  (bullet form)  e) Given 3 and 4, what is the author’s central argument(s)? (in  paragraph form)  f) Evaluate the author’s argument. (which reasons in 4 do you  agree/disagree with and why? What ­ if anything ­ did the author  fail to consider?) (in paragraph form)  7. See example outline on Moodle  8. Copy questions into outline and answer below  VI. Etiquette   A. No laptops or cell phones  B. Be respectful  VII. Exams  A. True and false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer  B. Not cumulative   1. Each test is on single unit and does not ask questions about earlier units  C. No final   VIII. Three branches of philosophy  A. Metaphysics  1. Questions about being   a) If God is omnipotent then can he create a boulder he cannot lift?  B. Epistemology  1. Questions about knowing  a) How do I know if I am dreaming?  C. Ethics  1. Questions about right and wrong  a) You are driving a train that has lost control. It is about to hit five  people. You can flip a switch and it will hit only one sixth person.  What do you do?  b) You are a doctor. Five patients need organ transplants. One  person has all the organs these five people need. Do you kill the  one to save the five?  (1) Same scenario? Is what is ethical different in these cases?   


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