Bioethics: Jewish and Secular Perspectives
JEW ST 339 / B H 339
Professor: Hadar Khazzam-Horovitz
This course explores legal, ethical and Jewish perspectives on contemporary biomedical issues. We will focus on key differences between secular and Jewish approaches in interpretation, analysis and application of bioethics. The exploration of Jewish perspectives in this course will promote important discussion of alternative perspectives to ethical evaluations and practices. It might be useful for healthcare providers and patients, and it may be meaningful for religious minorities worldwide, who reject the secular bioethics benchmark. In evaluating ethical frameworks, the students will review and discuss relevant Jewish laws, rabbinic literature, contemporary scholarship, and U.S. and Israeli laws that address issues in bioethics. The topics to be discussed include: doctor-patient relations; reproductive methods; euthanasia; and stem cell research.
The goal of this class is not to solve fundamental ethical dilemmas, but rather to help the students critically grasp the increasing challenges of modern medical technologies for law and ethics.
Quarter taught: Winter