St. Olaf Institute for Freedom and Community

St. Olaf College
Mar 15

The Ethics of Palliative Sedation

Gilbert Meilaender Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons

For patients whose suffering cannot be relieved, palliative (or, as it is sometimes called, terminal) sedation, makes the patient unconscious and thus eliminates the experience of suffering.  In this lecture Gilbert Meilaender will examine the ethics of medical treatment that deliberately eliminates the good of conscious experience.

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St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN 55057
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About the Speaker

Gilbert Meilaender
Gilbert Meilaender

Gilbert Meilaender is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University and the Paul Ramsey Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.  He taught at the University of Virginia (1975-78), at Oberlin College (1978-96), and at Valparaiso University (1996-2014), where he held the Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics.  He holds the M.Div. (1972) from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) and the Ph.D. (1976) from Princeton University.

Professor Meilaender is the author of many books and articles in the field of Christian ethics.  Among his books are Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics; Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics; Bioethics: A Primer for Christians; The Way that Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life; Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging; Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption; and (an edited volume of readings) Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits.  He is co-editor (with William Werpehowski) of the Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, as an Associate Editor of Religious Studies Review, as a Consultant Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Professor Meilaender’s work in the area of bioethics is well known.  He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2009.