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Ethics and Global Health: Two Challenges for Ethicists

Joshua Shaw
10/10/2013 —

Joshua Shaw, associate professor of philosophy at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will visit the campus and discuss some of the ways in which difficult, controversial dilemmas in bioethics become even more difficult, and more controversial addressed in international or global contexts.

Professor Shaw has published on a variety of topics in the area of ethics, including philosophy of humor and the ethics of joke-telling, feminism, suffering and responsibility in post-Holocaust Jewish philosophy, and gratitude as a moral concept. He will talk about some fascinating research being done at the intersection of ethics and psychology that suggests that human beings have certain "moral blind spots." He will discuss how ethical dilemmas when presented in global context tend to trigger and to exacerbate these blind spots.

The talk will be on October 17 at 12 noon in the Ostermayer Room of the Student Community Center.

Sponsored by Teaching International, which is focusing this year on Canada and global health.

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