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    PHI 634SEM - Top Metaphys & Epistemol-Metaphys Fndtions Of Bioethics
    Top Metaphys & Epistemol-Metaphys Fndtions Of Bioethics HOV Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   23694   Enrollment Capacity:   20
    Section:   HOV   Enrollment Total:   2
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   18
    Dates:   08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018   Status:   OPEN
    Days, Time:   W , 4:00 PM - 6:40 PM
    Room:   Park 141 view map
    Location:   North Campus      
    .The course will investigate the major metaphysical accounts of personal identity in order to decide whether each provides support or obstacles for opposing moral positions regarding beginning and end of life issues such as abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, genetic interventions, physician-assisted suicide, advanced directives, informed consent and organ procurement. The theories to be discussed are Animalist, Hylomorphic, Cartesian, Constitution, Neo-Lockean, Four-Dimensionalist, and Brain (Embodied Mind) accounts of personal identity. We will explore the strengths and weaknesses of each metaphysic in an effort to determine how well the approach in question fares as a general theory of personal identity. A particular emphasis in evaluating a theory will be on how well it deals with the so called ?Problem of Too Many Minds.? How a theory fares with this problem will bear directly upon whether the approach makes informed consent in medical settings unlikely or even impossible. We will also focus upon when each particular theory posits that someone comes into and goes out of existence. This will enable us to understand whether it is possible for a harm to occur at the time of the medical procedure in question
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