7AAN4095 Topics in the Philosophy of Medicine
THIS MODULE IS NOT RUNNING IN 2017-18
Credit value: 40
Module tutor: Dr David Galloway
- Formative assessment: three x 2,000-word essays
- Summative assessment: one x three-hour end of year examination
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Teaching pattern: one weekly two-hour lecture
Semester: Whole year module (Autumn and Spring)
- First semester: Mondays, 13:00–15:00
- Second semester: Mondays 17:00–19:00
Room: Seminar room 605, Philosophy Building
Download the module syllabus 2012-13 (pdf)
This module aims to provide an understanding of the central problems of contemporary Philosophy of Medicine. The specific problems under consideration might typically include: biological accounts of health and disease; health as a natural value; introspection and knowledge of bodily states.
Students completing this module should gain:
- a textually-referenced knowledge of the main problems of contemporary Philosophy of Medicine
- the ability to deploy the philosophical techniques and argumentative strategies that can be used to discuss those problems
- the transferable skill of formulating and evaluating arguments both for and against various other kinds of philosophical positions
- an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings of some problems that arise in the practice of medicine.