Felix Gonzales Torres, Untitled (1991).
By: Robert Schmaltz
“Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life…”
~ Hans Jonas (1984)
Human dignity refers to a kind of value that is difficult to distinguish without first recognizing something unique to the embodied human, the capacity to not only sustain life but radically proliferate a state of wellbeing and the capacity to absolutely annihilate. Humans can improve upon the excellences of physical conditions almost ceaselessly, tenderly care for the most fragile of conditions, and we can break bodies beyond comprehension. Why has some skepticism emerged from comparing the value of dignity to the function of autonomy? I uphold the view that for autonomy to have any worth, which it does, it must be preceded by the recognizable value of dignity. Ultimately, the objective value of human dignity is held in the practice of living and sustaining embodied lives.
The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education is hosting a 3-day intensive cross-disciplinary graduate course entitled “Theories and Applications in Contemporary Ethics.” The course will take place next week, from May 19-21, 2015 on the Rose Hill campus.
Each day will feature two Fordham faculty members from different departments presenting on and discussing different topics in contemporary ethics. Using a team-teaching approach, this course brings together faculty from six disciplines to provide foundational knowledge about moral philosophy, moral theology, and bioethics, and features lectures and case discussion on issues of current social importance.
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Conferences and Events
Tagged Adam Fried, Annika Hinze, Bioethics, border crossings, Center for Ethics Education, Cross-disciplinary, Elizabeth Yuko, Ethics, Europe, Fordham University, genetic testing, immigrant detentions, Jason Morris, LGBT youth, Michael Baur, Natural Science, Patrick Hornbeck, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Theories and applications
By Ken Ochs
The recent measles outbreak has led to policy discussions among 2016 presidential hopefuls, a systematic mobilization of public health groups to combat the surging number of cases, and the near-inevitability that tougher laws on vaccinations will soon be debated and subsequently passed in legislatures across the country.
Historically, states have dealt with the issue in remarkably different ways, with very little in common aside from their tolerance for exemptions for medical reasons. California, the source of the current outbreak, allows for “religious” and “philosophical” exemptions—the types of dispensations that would be targeted by new regulations.
Posted in Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Autonomy, beneficence, Bioethics, Ethics, HPV vaccine, James Childress, James Colgrove, Justice, Measules, MMR, New England Journal of Medicine, nonmaleficence, Public Health, Public Health Ethics, vaccine
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Between adoption and advancing reproductive technologies, there are ever-increasing options for individuals and families who wish to have a baby. Recent reports indicate that the high costs associated with these processes have resulted in some using crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com to raise money for fees associated with adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Indeed, certain forms of assisted reproduction raise ethical questions in and of themselves, but in this case, our concern is whether it matters how funds for these processes are raised, and who provides the funding. In other words, is utilizing a crowdfunding website an ethically acceptable way to raise funds for adoption, IVF, and surrogacy? If so, is it significant who pays for these processes? Is anything owed to the people who contribute?
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged adoption, assistance, Bioethics, Center for Ethics Education, Children, confidentiality, crowdfunding, Elizabeth Yuko, Ethics, fees, Fordham University, GoFundMe, Internet, IVF, Kickstarter, parents, privacy, reproductive ethics, surrogacy