Philosophy of Medicine (PHIL*2030) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Medicine (PHIL*2030)

Code and section: PHIL*2030*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Shannon Buckley


This course considers some philosophical problems that arise in the practice of medicine. We begin with a brief look at the history and nature of medicine. Next, we discuss social aspects of health and the effects of culture on medical practice. We then discuss the principles guiding health care provision in Canada. After that, we turn to issues in clinical ethics. We also consider some issues in veterinary ethics, discussing the similarities and differences between ethics involving humans and ethics involving animals.

Lectures will be asynchronous. Office hours and possibly some optional discussions will be synchronous.

Texts: Hebert and Rosen, Doing Right, 4th edition, plus some supplementary readings

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.