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Academic Year 2007/08
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Ethics in the technological society
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Mechanical Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Aerospace Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Chemical Engineering - Torino
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Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Years teaching
Ghisleni Micaela Benedetta ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     56 0 0 5
SSD CFU Activities Area context
SPS/10 5 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Objectives of the course
Aim of the Course is to investigate ethical implications of the application of biotechnology in society. Contemporary societies are peculiar because we have the power to intervene on the 'external nature' (the environment), and on the 'internal nature' (the DNA, the biological structure of the human beings). The technological chances we have to intervene on the biological processes in the beginning of life (e.g. procreative liberty, genetic tests) and in the end of life (e.g. definition of death, advance directives) enlarge proportionally our responsibility of ethical decision-making, both as citizens and as professionals. Traditional ethical-political categories (nature/culture, public/private, action/omission) have been under discussion in the international philosophical debate, and new ones have been proposed (biology/biography, sanctity of life/quality of life, liberty/security).
Syllabus
Philosophical reflection on ethics: history of ethics, meta-ethics, epistemology on ethics, normative ethics, psychology of moral development. Practical ethics: feminists ethics, biomedical ethics, non human animals ethics, environmental ethics. Philosophical approaches to bioethics: principles of biomedical ethics (autonomy, non maleficence, beneficence, justice), informed consent, ethics of disclosure of genetic information. Deontological Code of Engineers. Guidelines for dissenting on ethical grounds. Ethical decision-making in risk and in uncertainty (precautionary principle). Patents on living (body parts, plants).
Revisions / Exam
It is requested a regular frequency to lessons (at least 75%).
The examination will be oral, and will be on the following teaching material:
a) Lessons: all the Slides will be put on the Course web-page;
b) A text book on philosophical ethics: LECALDANO E, Etica, Torino, Utet, 1995;
c) One of the following book on practical ethics, at your choice:
HUME D, Ricerca sui principi della morale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1992 (1751)
SINGER P, Ripensare la vita e la morte. La vecchia morale non serve pił, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 1996
NUSSBAUM M, Giustizia sociale e dignitą umana. Da individui a persone, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2002
IOVINO S, Filosofie dell'ambiente. natura, etica e societą, Roma, Carocci, 2004
MORI M, Bioetica. 10 temi per capire e discutere, Milano, Mondadori, 2002
VINEIS P, Equivoci bioetici, Torino Codice Editore, 2006
GHISLENI M, Bioetica e informazione. Genetica e problemi etici, Genova, Name, 2006 (www.name.it)
GHISLENI M, Le prove e le scelte. Medicina delle prove di efficacia e bioetica, Genova, Name, 2007
(www.name.it)


Erasmus students, alternatively to the point (c), could choose one of the following books, in English:

ADAM B, BECK U, VAN LOON J (EDS.), The Risk Society and Beyond. Critical Issues for Social Theory, London, Sage, 2000
HOPE T, SAVULESCU J, HENDRICK J, Medical Ethics and law, London, Churchill Livingstone, 2003
HOPE TONY, Medical Ethics. A very short introduction, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004

Any other book will be suggested by students will be examined by the teacher.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2008/09
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