Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, June 19, 2020 - 5:00pm
Duke University
John Rose

Editor's note: This event has been cancelled due to Duke University extending its restriction of all on-campus events through June 30 in response to the corona virus pandemic. Visit Duke's COVID-19 response site for the most up-to-date information and policies for the university at

Duke Divinity School Professor Farr Curlin, M.D., and Christopher Tollefsen, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, will be leading a five-day seminar on medical ethics.

The Arete Medical Ethics Seminar invites students to examine the central ethical questions that arise in the everyday practice of medicine and to interpret those questions through a moral framework drawing from both natural law and medicine’s traditional orientation toward the patient’s health. This framework will be contrasted with principlism and consequentialism as participants consider what sort of practice medicine is, whether it has a rational end or goal, and how medicine contributes to human flourishing.

Curlin, the Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities, holds joint appointments in the Duke School of Medicine, including its Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine, and in Duke Divinity School, including its Initiative on Theology, Medicine and Culture. Tollefsen is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at USC and chair of the Department of Philosophy.