Healthcare, Ethics, & Postmodernism | Philosophy Tube

How can we ethically distribute healthcare resources? And what does Foucault have to do with it? How does biopolitics help us understand medical decision-making for smokers and fat people?



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Recommended Reading:
Jeff McMahan, “Justice and Liability in Organ Allocation,” in Social Research
Dan Wikler, “Personal and Social Responsibility for Health,” in Ethics and International Affairs
Ubel, Baron, and Asch, “Social Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, and Prognosis in Public Judgements About Transplant Allocation,” in Bioethics
Michel Foucault, Society Must be Defended and Discipline and Punish
Dorothy Roberts, Fatal Invention
Helene Shugart, Heavy
ContraPoints’ video on Fat Acceptance:
Studies and legal cases showing fat people are discriminated against in employment:
Elizabeth Kristen, “Addressing the Problem of Weight Discrimination in Employment,” California Law Review
Charles Baum and William Ford, “The Wage Effects of Obesity: A Longitudinal Study,” In Health Economics
Robert Klesges et al., “The Effect of Applicants’ Health Status and Qualifications on Simulated Hiring Decisions,” in International Journal of Obesity
Judith Larkin & Harvey Pines, “No Fat Persons Need Apply,” in Society of Work and Occupations
Daphne A. Roe & Kathleen R. Eickwort, “Relationships Between Obesity and Associated Health Factors with Unemployment Among Low Income Women,” in The Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association
The State of Maryland Commission on Human Relations, Report on the Study of Weight and Size Discrimination
Doe v. City of Belleville
Greene v. Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Butterfield v. New York State
And in education:
Helen Canning & Jean Mayer, “Obesity – Its Possible Effect on College Acceptance” in New England Journal of Medicine
And in the legal system:
Cookie Stephan & Judy Corder Tully, “The Influence of Physical Attractiveness of a Plaintiff on the Decisions of Simulated Jurors,” in The Journal of Social Psychology

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