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Fall Semester, 2013
Schedule of Topics and Required Readings
(Detailed Bibliography Below)
Readings available as links here, or on Cedarville’s Electronic Reserves

D Date

Lecture / Discussion Topic





Th 08/22

Introduction: Bioethics context for personhood

Class Notes, "Who Am I" video

T 08/27

Ethical Theory

Feinberg & Feinberg [link]

Th 08/29

Ethical Theory

Feinberg & Feinberg [link]



T 09/03

Ethical Theory

Feinberg & Feinberg [link]

Th 09/05

Human Personhood in Contemporary Context

Beeson Podcast with Dr. Ben Mitchell [link]




T 09/10 Style and Reference Formatting APA (6th Ed.) Research Paper Basics
Th 09/12 When is an Embryo a Person? Gilbert [link]



T 09/17 Personhood as a Concept

Perry [link]

Th 09/19

Biblical Basis for Personhood

Sullivan 1



T 09/24

Evolution and Personhood

Dawkins (link)

Th 09/26

Biblical Basis for Personhood (part 2)

Sullivan 1

T 10/01

Philosophical Basis

Sullivan II

Th 10/03


Moreland and Rae (E-Res), esp. pp. 70-85




T 10/08

Dualism v. Physicalism

Murphy (E-Res)

Th 10/10

Personality and personhood

Yancey (link)



T 10/15

Personhood as "Speciesism"


Th 10/17


(no class)


T 10/22

C.S. Lewis and personhood

Lewis: Transposition (link)

Th 10/24

Issue: Is Abortion Immoral?

Levine: 120-140 (14th Ed. 132-151)

T 10/29

Issue: Women and the Health of the Unborn

Levine: 141-158 (14th Ed.152-169)

Th 10/31

Issue: Advance Directives

Levine: 60-73 (14th Ed. 60-77)

T 11/05 Issue: The Terri Schiavo Case

Orr & Meilander

Th 11/07

Issue: Assisted Suicide

Levine: 83-103 (14th Ed. 109-129)

T 11/12

Issue: Genetic Enhancement

Levine: 205-218 (14th Ed. 219-232)

Th 11/14

Issue: Human Experimentation

Levine: 246-257 (14th Ed. 250-263)




T 11/19

Issue: Transplantation Ethics

Levine: 14th Ed. 298-310 (13th Ed. does not have this case)

Th 11/21

Issue: Rights of Conscience

Levine: 299-318 (14th Ed. 338-357)




T 11/26

Human Perfectionism

Hawthorne (link)

Th 11/28 THANKSGIVING BREAK (no class)



T 12/03

Personhood and Materialism

Gilder (E-Res)

Th 12/05

Course Wrap-Up




Detailed Bibliography:

Dawkins, R (1995). God’s utility function. Scientific American, November, pp. 80-85.

Gilbert, SF, AL Tyler, and EJ Zackin, Bioethics and the New Embryology, Chapter 2, Sinauer Associates, 2005.

Gilder, G (1996). The materialist superstition. The Intercollegiate Review, Spring, pp. 6-14.

Hawthorne, N. (1897). The birthmark. in Crews, F. (ed.), Great short works of Hawthorne, Harper and Collins, 1967.

Hook, CC (2004). Techno sapiens: nanotechnology, cybernetics, transhumanism, and the remaking of humankind. Colson, CW and NM Cameron (eds.). Human Dignity in the Biotech Century, IVP.

Lewis, CS (1949), Transposition, in The Weight of Glory. Harper-Collins.

Levine C (2009): Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues (13th Ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Meilaender, G (2009): Neither Beast nor God: The Dignity of the Human Person. Encounter Books.

Moreland, J P and S Rae (2000). Human persons as substances or property-things (Ch. 2). Body and Soul. IVP.

Murphy, N (2005). Nonreductive Physicalism, in Green, Palmer, Corcoran: In Search Of The Soul: Four Views Of The Mind-body Problem, IVP.

Orr, Robert and G. Meilander (2004). Ethics and Life's Ending, First Things, Issue 145, p. 31-35.

Singer, Peter, "Animal Liberation at 30," The Animal Rights Library, found at http://www.animal-rights-library.com/

Sullivan, DM (2003). The Conception View of Personhood: A Review. Ethics and Medicine 19(1): 11-33.

Yancey, P (1998). Dark nature. Books and Culture, March.


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