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  1. Chris Kaposy (2014). Drugs, Money, and Power: The Canadian Drug Shortage. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (1):85-89.
    This article describes the shortage of generic injectable medications in Canada that affected hospitals in 2012. It traces the events leading up to the drug shortage, the causes of the shortage, and the responses by health administrators, pharmacists, and ethicists. The article argues that generic drug shortages are an ethical problem because health care organizations and governments have an obligation to avoid exposing patients to resource scarcity. The article also discusses some options governments could pursue in order to secure the (...)
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  2. Chris Kaposy (2013). A Disability Critique of the New Prenatal Test for Down Syndrome. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 23 (4):299-324.
    Sequenom Inc., a developer of medical diagnostic products, recently made their noninvasive test for Down syndrome available for clinical practice (Sequenom 2012).1 The DNA-based test—given the name “MaterniT21”—requires only a simple maternal blood sample as early as 10 weeks of gestation. In recent clinical trials involving thousands of pregnant women, the MaterniT21 test identified 99.1% of cases of Down syndrome (99.1% sensitivity), and gave the correct result in 99.9% of cases when the fetus did not have Down syndrome (99.9% specificity) (...)
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  3. Chris Kaposy (2013). A Personal Experience of Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 3 (1):18-21.
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  4. Kimberly Bonia, Fern Brunger, Laura Fullerton, Chad Griffiths & Chris Kaposy (2012). DAKO on Trial. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 16 (3):275-295.
    This paper tells the story of a recent laboratory medicine controversy in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. During the controversy, a DAKOAutostainer machine was blamed for inaccurate breast cancer test results that led to the suboptimal treatment of many patients. In truth, the machine was not at fault. Using concepts developed by Bruno Latour and Pierre Bourdieu, we document the changing nature of the DAKO machine’s agency before, during, and after the controversy, and we make the ethical argument (...)
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  5. Chris Kaposy (2012). Two Stalemates in the Philosophical Debate About Abortion and Why They Cannot Be Resolved Using Analogical Arguments. Bioethics 26 (2):84-92.
    Philosophical debate about the ethics of abortion has reached stalemate on two key issues. First, the claim that foetuses have moral standing that entitles them to protections for their lives has been neither convincingly established nor refuted. Second, the question of a pregnant woman's obligation to allow the gestating foetus the use of her body has not been resolved. Both issues are deadlocked because philosophers addressing them invariably rely on intuitions and analogies, and such arguments have weaknesses that make them (...)
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  6. Chris Kaposy & Sarah Khraishi (2012). A Relational Analysis of Pandemic Critical Care Triage Protocols. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 5 (1):70-90.
    In a severe influenza pandemic, a surge of illness in a community would be felt especially in hospital critical care units, where intensive resources are devoted to sustaining the lives of the most ill. The lead-up to the anticipated second wave of H1N1 influenza in the fall of 2009 and the memory of the SARS outbreak earlier in the decade have caused health care organizations in North America to develop critical care triage protocols for dealing with a deadly pandemic. These (...)
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  7. Chris Kaposy & Françoise Baylis (2011). The Common Rule, Pregnant Women, and Research: No Need to “Rescue” That Which Should Be Revised. American Journal of Bioethics 11 (5):60-62.
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  8. Chris Kaposy (2010). Accounting for Vulnerability to Illness and Social Disadvantage in Pandemic Critical Care Triage. Journal of Clinical Ethics 21 (1):23.
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  9. Chris Kaposy (2010). Improving Abortion Access in Canada. Health Care Analysis 18 (1):17-34.
    Though abortion is legal in Canada, policies currently in place at various levels of the health care system, and the individual actions of medical professionals, can inhibit access to abortion. This paper examines the various extra-legal barriers to abortion access that exist in Canada, and argues that these barriers are unjust because there are no good reasons for the restrictions on autonomy that they present. The paper then outlines the various policy measures that could be taken to improve access.
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  10. Chris Kaposy (2010). Proof and Persuasion in the Philosophical Debate About Abortion. Philosophy and Rhetoric 43 (2):pp. 139-162.
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  11. Dave Tell, Alan G. Gross, Chris Kaposy, Catherine Zuckert & C. Jan Swearingen (2010). 1. Front Matter Front Matter. Philosophy and Rhetoric 43 (2).
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  12. Chris Kaposy (2009). Book Review-Defining Right and Wrong in Brain Science: Essential Readings in Neuroethics. [REVIEW] Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 3 (1):12.
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  13. Chris Kaposy (2009). Coming Into Existence: The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent. [REVIEW] Human Studies 32 (1):101 - 108.
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  14. Chris Kaposy (2009). The Public Funding of Abortion in Canada: Going Beyond the Concept of Medical Necessity. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 12 (3):301-311.
    This article defends the public funding of abortion in the Canadian health care system in light of objections by opponents of abortion that the procedure should be denied public funding. Abortion opponents point out that women terminate their pregnancies most often for social reasons, that the Canadian health care system only requires funding for medically necessary procedures, and that abortion for social reasons is not medically necessary care. I offer two lines of response. First, I briefly present an argument that (...)
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  15. Chris Kaposy (2009). Will Neuroscientific Discoveries About Free Will and Selfhood Change Our Ethical Practices? Neuroethics 2 (1):51-59.
    Over the past few years, a number of authors in the new field of neuroethics have claimed that there is an ethical challenge presented by the likelihood that the findings of neuroscience will undermine many common assumptions about human agency and selfhood. These authors claim that neuroscience shows that human agents have no free will, and that our sense of being a “self” is an illusory construction of our brains. Furthermore, some commentators predict that our ethical practices of assigning moral (...)
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  16. Chris Kaposy (2007). Can Infants Have Interests in Continued Life? Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 28 (4):301-330.
    The philosophers Peter Singer and Jeff McMahan hold variations of the view that infant interests in continued life are suspect because infants lack the cognitive complexity to anticipate the future. Since infants cannot see themselves as having a future, Singer argues that the future cannot have value for them, and McMahan argues that the future can only have minimal value for an infant. This paper critically analyzes these arguments and defends the view that infants can have interests in continuing to (...)
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  17. Chris Kaposy (2007). The Real-Life Consequences of Being Denied Access to an Abortion. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (8):34 – 36.
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  18. Chris Kaposy (2005). Analytic' Reading, 'Continental' Text: The Case of Derrida's 'on Forgiveness. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 13 (2):203 – 226.
    This paper seeks to apply some of the tools of analytic philosophy to a text written by a 'continental' philosopher, in order to evaluate the quality of its arguments. In 'On Forgiveness', Jacques Derrida seems to be making two different claims about forgiveness. First, he claims that an act of forgiveness is only truly meaningful as forgiveness when one is forgiving the unforgivable. Second, he is also recommending that we change our understanding of the concept of forgiveness for ethical reasons. (...)
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  19. Chris Kaposy (2002). Latour's Thick Concepts and His Analysis of Scientific Practice. Philosophy Today 46 (5):34-41.
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  20. Chris Kaposy (2002). Latour's Thick Concepts. Philosophy Today 46 (9999):34-41.
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