Gravlee Discusses Biomedical Ethics

October 28, 2010

Dr. Scott Gravlee
Dr. Scott Gravlee, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Mount Union, recently presented “Biomedical Ethics at the Crossroads: New Directions and Connections” during the faculty lecture on campus.
Garvlee’s presentation focused on the ethical treatment of individuals who are undergoing therapy or who are subjects in medical research, as well as how ethical issues are related to new medical technologies. While discussing bioethics of the future, he explained that he believes bioethics will evolve as aspects of the field continue to change.  The obligations to patients versus the obligation to one’s personal health became the primary focus of Gravlee’s lecture.
When discussing the connection between biomedical ethics and environmental sustainability, Gravlee noted that “these are things that have only really begun to be worked out in the last 10 years.” Many organizations have begun to address the fact that hospitals have a negative effect on the environment which becomes counterproductive in keeping people healthy. 
According to Gravlee, the future of bioethics must become interdisciplinary as intercultural, global, philosophical, theological, literature, arts and economics are all necessary points of view in understanding the matter.  The typical thoughts on biomedical ethics have been individualized but must now take solidarity and communal responsibility into consideration.
Gravlee earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from the University of Washington in 1988 and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 1996. Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty in 1998, he was a philosophy professor at the College of William and Mary.
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