Readings to consider for the Bioethics Discussion Group, Year 3


  1. Borges and I
  2. Full-body illusions and minimal phenomenal selfhood
  3. Identity, Self-Awareness, and Self-Deception: Ethical Implications for Leaders and Organizations
  4. Individuals are Inadequate: Recognizing the Family-Centeredness of Chinese Bioethics and Chinese Health System

Body modification

  1. Body Modification: An Introduction
  2. Confounding Extremities: Surgery at the Medico-ethical Limits of Self-Modification
  3. Should we prevent non-therapeutic mutilation and extreme body modification?
  4. Nonmainstream Body Modification- Genital Piercing, Branding, Burning, and Cutting

Body art

  1. Anchoring the (Postmodern) Self?: Body modification, fashion, and identity
  2. Bodyworlds: The Art of Plastinated Cadavers
  3. Bodyworlds and the ethics of using human remains: a preliminary discussion
  4. What Should We Do about Eduard Pernkopf’s Atlas?


  1. Fear
  2. A Method for Evaluating the Ethics of Fear Appeals
  3. Does fear of retaliation deter requests for ethics consultation?
  4. The Two Faces of Fear: A History of Hard-Hitting Public Health Campaigns Against Tobacco and AIDS
  5. Professor Nobody’s Little Lectures on Supernatural Horror

Body politics

  1. Bioethics as Politics
  2. ‘Fat Ethics’: The Obesity Discourse and Body Politics
  3. HB 481
  4. A Man, Burning: Communicative Suffering and the Ethics of Images


  1. Health and Urban Living
  2. Urban Bioethics: Adapting Bioethics to the Urban Context
  3. The Experience of Living in Cities
  4. From the Urban to the Civic: The Moral Possibilities of the City


  1. The Last Messiah
  2. Why It Is Better Never to Come into Existence
  3. Every Conceivable Harm: A Further Defence of Anti-Natalism
  4. The Ethics of Procreation and Adoption


  1. Neuroethics and the Problem of Other Minds: Implications of Neuroscience for the Moral Status of Brain-Damaged Patients and Nonhuman Animals
  2. Undocumented Patients: Undocumented Immigrants and Access to Health Care
  3. Bioethics and International Human Rights
  4. Against culturally sensitive bioethics


  1. 2019 State of the State
  2. Michigan Health Policy for the Incoming 2019 Gubernatorial Administration
  3. ACA Exchange Competitiveness in Michigan
  4. Flint Water Crisis: What Happened and Why?


  1. The Neurobiology of Love
  2. The Medicalization of Love
  3. Self-Transcendence, the True Self, and Self-Love 
  4. Love yourself: The relationship of the self with itself in popular self-help texts


  1. Having Children: Reproductive Ethics in the Face of Overpopulation
  2. The Ethics of Controlling Population Growth in the Developing World
  3. Overpopulation and the Threat of Ecological Disaster: The Need for Global Bioethics
  4. Threats and burdens: Challenging scarcity-driven narratives of “overpopulation”

Public Health

  1. The right to public health
  2. Ethics and Public Health: Forging a Strong Relationship
  3. Old Myths, New Myths: Challenging Myths in Public Health
  4. A Bridge Back to the Future: Public Health Ethics, Bioethics, and Environmental Ethics


  1. The Solitude of Self
  2. An overview of systematic reviews on the public health consequences of social isolation and loneliness
  3. Individual Good and Common Good: A Communitarian Approach to Bioethics
  4. Solitude: An Exploration of Benefits of Being Alone


  1. Social Responsibilities of Bioethics
  2. The Concept of Responsibility: Three Stages in Its Evolution within Bioethics
  3. Bioethics for Whom?
  4. Towards an Ethics of Blame


  1. Bioethics and History
  2. The History of Bioethics: Its Rise and Significance
  3. What can History do for Bioethics?
  4. “My Story Is Broken; Can You Help Me Fix It?”: Medical Ethics and the Joint Construction of Narrative


A Day to Remember by Liu Wei, 2005

“Survivors from the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square protests and massacre shared their stories at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing marking the 25th anniversary of the student protests.”

Their names

Laquita C. Brown, Right-of-Way Agent for four years

Ryan Keith Cox worked as an account clerk in the same division for almost 13 years

Tara Welch Gallagher, an engineer for six years

Mary Louise Gayle, Right-of-Way agent for over 24 years  

Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Right-of-Way agent for nine years 

Joshua A. Hardy, an engineering technician with Public Utilities for over four years

Michelle “Missy” Langer, an administrative assistant with the Public Utilities division for 12 years

Richard H. Nettleton, an engineer with Public Utilities for 28 years

Katherine A. Nixon, an engineer with Public Utilities for 10 years

Christopher Kelly Rapp, an engineer with the Public Works for 11 months

Herbert Snelling, a contractor from Virginia Beach

Robert “Bobby” Williams, a Public Utilities Special Projects Coordinator for 41 years.