SCHOLARLY COMMUNITY

Un-Manned?: The Bodily Harms and Moral Valor of Drone Warfare

December 18, 2017

As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAM) or drones continue to play a critical role in U.S. military strategy numerous public debates have arisen regarding their legal and moral status.

Chattel of the gods: Assisted Suicide and the Politics of Patience

December 18, 2017

In June of 2016, the End of Life Option Act made it possible for California residents to avail themselves of the choice to end their own life. The debate so far has emphasized the clinical and legal aspects of the newly introduced “aid in dying” legislation. However, deeper questions are at stake: Our lives are our own but do we own our lives? Are our lives disposable by ourselves? Is there something received not only about our lives but also our deaths? Is there an ethical care for life that is inseparable from a fundamental patience towards what comes at the end of life? How does assisted suicide stand in relation to such questions and what seems like a paradox: a politics of patience? In addressing such questions, Professor Desmond will throw into relief the deeper complexities involved in the ethics of physician assisted suicide.

Choosy Moms Choose ART? 
Feminist Perspectives of Assisted Reproductive Technologies

December 18, 2017

Given that procreative liberty has been a central priority of the feminist movement, the widespread feminist objection to ARTs might be surprising. Samantha Stephenson, M.A. reflects upon three feminist critiques of artificial reproductive technologies.

Interpreting the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Approach to Intellectual Property

December 15, 2017

Recent studies in the US demonstrate that between 25% -- 33% of cancer patients choose not fill prescriptions for life-extending medications due to cost. Zane Ashman considers the libertarian underpinnings that have contributed to medication inaccessibility.

Addressing the Ethical Challenges of Industry-Sponsored Research in Private Clinical 
Practice

December 14, 2017

Debbie Olson, M.D., considers the ethical complexities involved in clinical research. She focuses particularly on financial conflicts of interest that threaten patient safety and scientific integrity.

1 in 10 and Still Counting: A Communitarian Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility in Pharmaceutical Companies

December 13, 2017

Nearly 1 in 10 American adults do not take their medication as prescribed because they cannot afford it. Chyenne Ford proposes a communitarian solution to the question of medication inaccessibility.

The Common Denominator

August 25, 2017

Despite the best of intentions, researchers and subjects can fall into mindsets of "Us vs. Them", focusing on the different characteristics of their roles, skillets and agendas. This commentary looks at the commonalities of the investigators and community members in these narratives, and the ways these shared human traits and experiences become the basis for merged social unit that moves productively toward relevant research goals. 

Letting Go: The Good Death and the Ethics of Dying Well

August 25, 2017

Roberto Dell'Oro reflects upon the possibility, conditions, and meaning of a good death – and more specifically, for a good death when faced with the vulnerability of old age, terminal disease, and unbearable suffering.

Chattel of the gods: Assisted Suicide and the Politics of Patience

August 25, 2017

In light of California's new End of Life Option Act, Bioethics Visiting O'Malley Chair Professor William Desmond offers his reflections on the ethics of physician assisted suicide. 

Un-Manned?: The Bodily Harms and Moral Valor of Drone Warfare

August 25, 2017

As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAM) or drones continue to play a critical role in U.S. military strategy numerous public debates have arisen regarding their legal and moral status. 

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