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DANE S MUCKLER

 

COURSES TAUGHT

INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Saint Louis University
Fall 2017, Spring 2018

An introduction to ethical theory with emphasis on practical and applied moral reasoning.

INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Saint Louis University
Fall 2014, Spring 2015

This is an introduction to philosophy with emphasis on ancient and modern approaches to understanding the human psyche through the works of Plato, Descartes and Freud.

MEDICAL ETHICS

Saint Louis University
Spring 2017

An advanced undergraduate course that emphasizes the resolution of medical dilemmas through group problem solving.

 LOGIC AND LANGUAGE

Jefferson College

(multiple semesters)

This course applies the fundamentals of predicate logic to the analysis of natural language arguments in philosophy, politics and social science. 

NON-WESTERN PHILOSOPHY

Southwestern Illinois Community College

A Great Books style survey of classic texts from the Daoist, Confucian, Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

THE ETHICS OF DISABILITY

Course Proposal

This course engages with questions about how to reconcile the disability-positive outlook of the disability rights movement with the biomedical model of medicine.

PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHIATRY

Course Proposal

 This course is a historical introduction to the fundamental assumptions behind psychiatry and the intellectual challenges to those assumption

WHY PHILOSOPHY?

Philosophy is the only discipline that directly trains clarity of thought and exposition in a way that prepares students for meaningful engagement with those who think differently from themselves.

 
 

RESEARCH

Foundations of Bioethics

My research explores a novel approach to resolving debates about the nature of health and disease. I start from the supposition that the practical needs of institutions determine some of the criteria for adjudicating between theoretical accounts of important phenomena. These practical needs include the needs or telos of the institution, applicability, ease of use, and ease of comprehension by the public. If practical criteria are integrated alongside theoretical criteria such as consistency, parsimony and fit, then it becomes easier to adjudicate between competing theories.

THE IRRELEVANCE OF HARM FOR A THEORY OF DISEASE

This article is a critique of Jerome Wakefield's Harmful Dysfunction account of medical disorder.

WHAT IS HEALTH AND DISEASE?

This Ph.D. dissertation defends the view that health and disease are best understood in terms of biological functioning. I argue against the view that health and disease are evaluative concepts like justice, moral goodness or prudential goodness.

 

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