New Course Fuses Philosophy and Medicine

New Courses

September 25, 2012 — This fall the Drexel Philosophy Program is offering an exciting course that explores the ideas of medicine, disease and health from a philosophical perspective. Students will examine concepts like gender, mental illness, mind-body unity, aging and physical perfection, which are all at the core of clinical practice and medical thinking.

Associate Teaching Professor Dr. Stacey Ake, who has doctoral degrees in genetics as well as philosophy, will take students on an illuminating voyage into the complexities of these ideas as understood from the perspectives of both Eastern and Western traditions. Current health policy alternative treatment practices will also be discussed.

Philosophy of Medicine (PHIL 355) meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm, in LeBow 134. This 3.0 credit class is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who have taken PHIL 101 or 102, or the equivalent.

New Winter Course Alert!

Philosophy & Neuroscience (PHIL 475.002): Dr. Ake continues to examine Eastern and Western perspectives, this time concerning neuroscience. Students will investigate the complexities of mind and body, cognition, perception and brain function, as seen through these varying outlooks. This 3.0 credit course is open to all students above the sophomore level and will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00pm – 1:50pm, winter term (Location TBD).

Philosophy of John Rawls (PHIL 475.001): Participants will explore the philosophy of John Rawls, one of the most important and influential political, legal and ethical philosophers of the twentieth century. This 3.0 credit course, taught by Dr. Carol Anne Mele, is open to all students above the sophomore level and will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30pm – 4:50pm, winter term (Location TBD).