This course surveys important cases in the history of bioethics, core ethical documents governing human subjects research, and the theoretical foundations for assessing difficult ethics cases. We work both from foundational principles and from concrete, real ethics cases. PHI 015 is appropriate for anyone interested in a career in ethics, medicine, health care and the biomedical sciences.
Philosophy 116 focuses on theories in normative ethics, the area of ethics that inquires into what right action is and how we should live our lives.
Foundations of Ethics, Philosophy 121, addresses foundational issues in the field of moral philosophy known as "metaethics." The course has two goals: first, to introduce you to some of the major metaethical theories, issues, and debates of the past 100 years; and second, to help you develop your philosophical and analytical skills and apply
Bioethics is the study of ethical issues raised in the medical, clinical context, especially as driven by new medical advancements and technologies.
Philosophy 133 offers an introduction to theoretical artificial intelligence, with a focus on nonmonotonic logic, Bayes networks, and machine learning. An intelligent agent acquires knowledge and makes use of it in planning or decision making. This new course focuses more on knowledge acquisition rather than on planning or decision making processes. The goal of this course is to make the core issues in theoretical artificial intelligence accessible to a wider audience meeting minimal prerequisites in logic (PHI 12 and 112) without any background knowledge in computer science or statistics.