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Senior Publishes Articles in American Journal of Bioethics and Skeptic

November 28, 2006

Lavieri_Robert.jpgNovember 28, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - An article co-authored by DePauw University senior Robert R. Lavieri is published in the November/December 2006 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. Lavieri's article, "Ethical Considerations in the Communication of Unexpected Information with Clinical Implications," was the result of his summerlong internship at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. That experience was made possible by a fellowship awarded by the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw.

"Implicit ubiquitously in beneficence is our obligation to make informed decisions and aid others in doing so as well," begins the article by Lavieri and Samual A. Garner. "Therefore, cases involving the unanticipated discovery of information with clinical implications can create an ethical dilemma. We ought to always respect an individual's autonomy by allowing an individual to choose whether or not to know the results of an unrequested genetic test, yet we simultaneously have a general obligation to tell people the truth in clinical research settings."

The complete text is available to subscribers at the journal's Web site. Read the summary report from Lavieri's internship here.

The senior biochemistry and philosophy major from wielenberg value and virtue.jpgLoveland, Ohio also contributes a review of a DePauw professor's book to the new issue (Volume 12, Number 4) of Skeptic magazine. "An individual's most clearly juxtaposed academic adversary is, or at least ought to be, the individual's most valuable academic asset. Thus, it is not necessary to believe in naturalism to engage in a well-spirited examination of Erik Wielenberg's work Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe," Lavieri writes. "Wielenberg's primary aim in his well developed yet accessible text is to dispel what he claims is a widely accepted false belief.  Namely, without the existence of God human life is meaningless and we have no moral obligations."

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Erik J. Wielenberg is associate professor of philosophy at DePauw. His book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005, and he recently contributed a "My Turn" column to Newsweek.

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