A One-day Seminar on Medical Ethics with Jeffrey Bishop and Warren Kinghorn
Far from promoting integrated, whole-person care, modern medicine often contributes to the fragmentation of body, mind, and spirit: “body” is too often reduced to machine, “mind” to agent of control, and “spirit” to the ethereal realm of meaning and purpose. This seminar will examine each of these dis-integrations in historical, philosophical, and practical context. We will then consider a more integrated conception of medicine and bioethics, focusing on phenomenological approaches to the lived body and on Thomas Aquinas’ account of human persons as wayfarers on a journey, and we will consider how bioethics might promote integration and healing within contemporary health care. The seminar will be led by Jeffrey Bishop (Saint Louis University) and Warren Kinghorn (Duke University).
(Co-sponsored with the Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics)