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7AAN4095 Topics in the Philosophy of Medicine


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

Details 2012-13

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.

Learning outcomes

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.

Additional information

  • Compulsory for students in MA Philosophy of Medicine programme, and available as an option to students in other MA programmes.
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