Tag Archives: philosophy

Humanity in the Age of Genetic Modification

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Jennifer Carter-Johnson, PhD, JD Scientists have recently announced that they had used the new gene editing technique, CRISPR, to remove remnants of ancient viruses that had integrated into … Continue reading

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Dr. Fleck published in new ‘Ethics, Medicine and Public Health’ issue

Center Professor Dr. Leonard Fleck has a new article in Ethics, Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Fleck’s article, “Just caring: Do we need philosophical foundations?,” appears in the April-June 2017 issue. Abstract The “Just Caring” problem asks: What does it … Continue reading

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Why not more research into preventing cancer?

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here. By Tom Tomlinson, PhD Why are so much money and effort put into research aimed at curing cancer, and so little devoted to preventing … Continue reading

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Psychiatric Interventions: Values and Public Attitudes

Laura Cabrera, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and the Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, was recently awarded funding for her project “Psychiatric Interventions: Values and Public Attitudes” by Science and Society at … Continue reading

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Vaccination, Free Riders, and Family Autonomy

Herd immunity is crucial to those who cannot undergo vaccination for medical reasons, and for whom vaccines are ineffective. Yet it is imperiled particularly in California, where the rate of “philosophical” (i.e., personal belief-based) vaccine exemptions has more than tripled since 2000, and which is, not incidentally, the site of the recent Disneyland measles outbreak. Continue reading

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Dr. Judith Andre’s ‘Worldly Virtue’

Center for Ethics Professor Emerita Judith Andre, PhD, has written a new book, Worldly Virtue: Moral Ideals and Contemporary Life, published by Lexington Books in March 2015. Worldly Virtue argues that general discussions of virtue need to be complemented by attention to … Continue reading

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Just Solidarity: The Key to Fair Health Care Rationing

An article by Center Professor Leonard Fleck, PhD, was published in the March 2015 issue of Diametros, an online journal of philosophy. Article Abstract: I agree with Professor ter Meulen that there is no need to make a forced choice between … Continue reading

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