Four Expeditions in Ethics

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Date(s) - 03/22/2018 - 04/12/2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

First Unitarian Portland Buchan Building


Four Expeditions in Ethics Advancements in medical care raise new ethical questions. This class will explore four scenarios, one per session. Readings will be provided. 1. Are the requirements of professional ethics—legal ethics, medical ethics, etc. —ever inconsistent with the requirements of “ordinary morality”? If professionals may have to violate moral rules, is it wrong to become a professional? 2. Are there any situations in which medical euthanasia is excusable? 3. In the United States, prison inmates alone have a Constitutional right to health care. Should this be so? 4. Today, expert witnesses testify in ethics-related court cases and clinical ethics consultants work in hospitals. Can ethics “experts” have justifiable moral authority?

Facilitator: Kenneth Kipnis is a former professor who has spent decades working in healthcare ethics. He has explored situations from an ethical perspective in the classroom, the hospital, and the courtroom. He has delved deeply into medical ethics and written “field reports” on what he has learned, which he is eager to share.

Details: Four Thursdays: Mar. 22, 29, Apr. 5, and 12 1 – 3 p.m. Fee: $20

Reference #: C15WS18

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