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Spring 2011-2012
CHV 391 / PHI 391 (EM)   na, npdf

Morals, Markets, and Health

Kristi A. Olson


This seminar examines ethical issues that lie at the intersection of markets and health. Examples include paternalism and the ban on trans fats, access to essential drugs and the justifications for intellectual property rights, and the morality of markets in body parts and reproductive labor. Readings will be drawn from philosophers such as Debra Satz, Peter Singer, Robert Nozick, Elizabeth Anderson, Ronald Dworkin, and Frances Kamm. The purpose of the course is to provoke critical thinking about normative issues in public policy.

Sample reading list:
Debra Satz, Why Some Things Should Not Be For Sale
Will Kymlicka, Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Generally less than 100 pages of reading per week. Two short papers (1500 words each) and one longer paper (3000 words) in lieu of a final.

Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
By application only. To apply, please send a short (one-paragraph) e-mail to, explaining why you want to take the course, whether you are in the Values and Public Life certificate program, and your year (junior or senior). Students in the Values and Public Life certificate program will be given priority. Applications are due by 5 pm on Dec. 6th. Students will be notified by 5 pm on Dec. 9th.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40883 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:13 Limit:18