We’re right in the middle of the summer and the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and other countries around the world continues to spread with little end in sight. What’s a better time than now to talk about bioethics? Today I’m in conversation with Dr. Joe Stramondo. Joe is an assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University. His teaching and writing focus primarily on the intersection of philosophy of disability and bioethics. We spoke in late April of this year after we were both on Ethics Talk, a podcast by the AMA Journal on Ethics. Joe will describe how he got into philosophy and bioethics, what bioethics is, and some of his recent writing on the impact of the pandemic on disabled people.
The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled, Robert F. Murphy (W.W.Norton, 2001)
Dialogues on Disability, a series of interviews with disabled philosopher by Shelley Tremain
“COVID-19 Triage and Disability: What NOT To Do,” March 30, 2020, Dr. Joe Stramondo, Bioethics.net
“Disability, Likelihood of Survival, and Inefficiency Amidst Pandemic,” April 6, 2020, Dr. Joe Stramondo, Bioethics.net
“Not Who, But What Professional Bioethicists Should Prioritize When Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” April 15, 2020, Dr. Joe Stramondo, Bioethics.net
“Ethics Talk: Disability Community Perspectives on COVID-19,” April 2020, Ethics Talk podcast, AMA Journal of Ethics.
“Summary of California’s Revised Crisis Care Guidelines,” June 10, 2020, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
“Resolution of Federal Civil Rights Complaint Raises the Bar in Prohibiting Medical Discrimination Against People With Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic,” June 26, 2020, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.
“Was This Ancient Taoist the First Philosopher of Disability?” John Altmann and
Joseph Stramondo is an assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University. His teaching and writing focus primarily on the intersection of philosophy of disability and bioethics. More specifically, he has written more than twenty scholarly articles and book chapters on topics ranging from informed consent procedures to physician assisted suicide to reproductive ethics to assistive neurotechnology. His current research is devoted to developing two book manuscripts. The first is under contract with Routledge and will address the ways in which the field of bioethics fails to address the moral salience of the social categories of gender, race, disability, and sexuality. The second will offer a systematic, if limited, defense of the moral permissibility of using reproductive technology to choose to have a disabled child. When Dr Stramondo isn’t working, you will find him spending time with his partner, two kids, and their canine companion ‘Odysseus.’
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