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Dawson S Schultz, PhD
  • Title
    • Honorary Cowell Fellow/Lecturer
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Cowell College
  • Affiliations Rachel Carson College
  • Phone
    408-391-8880 IPhone
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Cowell College
    • Faculty Services
  • Office Hours TBA
  • Mail Stop Cowell Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA
  • Courses University Discourse: Images of Justice--Past and Present, Literature and Medicine, Medical Ethics & Justice in Literature & Film, Ethics and Society, Academic Success

Summary of Expertise

ethics, health care ethics, clinical ethics, clinical ethics consultation,
philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology

writing, critical thinking, narrative epistemology, philosophy of medicine,
ethical theory

Research Interests

End-of-Life Issues/Palliative Care
Transplantation/Organ Donation (DCD)
Evidence-based Reasoning in Medicine
Ethical Issues in Autoimmune Illness
Ethical in Neurology and Neurosurgery

Ethics and Hermeneutics: How interpretation shapes appeal to moral rules
Narrative Case Formulation: How telling the story shapes moral judgment and choice
Narrative Truth vs. Historical Truth: Values as determinant of perception of facts
Phenomenological Ethics, Ethics & Hermeneutics
Formalism in Ethics/Non-formal Ethics of Values (Scheler

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University
M.A. University of Washington
B.A. Trinity University

Clinical Ethics Preceptorship, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Richard Zaner, Dir 1981-82
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Medical Humanities, UTMB at Galveston 1992

UC Santa Cruz, 2001-2004 & 2007-present
Gonzaga University 2004-2007
California State University, Fresno/Long Beach 1996-2001
Colorado State University 1993-1996
Institute for Medical Humanities, UTMB at Galveston 1992
Montreal Children's Hospital, Clinical Ethicist 1984-1992
McGill Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics) 1986-1991
McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics, Law, 1987-1991
McGill University (Religious Studies) 1987-1991
Vanderbilt - School of Medicine (Medicine) 1982-84
Vanderbilt, Director of College Relations-Graduate School 1980-1982

Honors, Awards and Grants

PhD Dissertation (Vanderbilt): “Freedom in Reason and Dread: Toward A Phenomenology of Morals”
Awarded “Honors” by Dissertation Committee: Richard M. Zaner, Charles Scott, John Compton, Edward Farley
Richard M. Zaner, Dissertation Director, Philosophy Department/School of Medicine

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • # "Standard Approaches To Clinical Ethics Consultation," Bioethics Committee, Santa Clara County Medical Association, February 2013
  • # "Pediatric Ethics and Practical Wisdom: Toward An Ethical and Engaged Care-Giving Model.” Symposium on Pediatric Palliative Care, American Psychiatric Association, 2011 Annual Meeting, Hawaii, May 2011.
  • # "Ethical Significance of Illness Narrative: Toward A Hermeneutical Theory of Case Formulation: Gateway To Medical Ethics" at Questions in Contemporary Medicine and the Philosophy of Charles Taylor Symposium. Co-sponsored by University of Montreal/McGill University, October 2007.

Teaching Interests

Medical Ethics & Justice n Literature and Film
Cowell 156M Fall Quarter 2013
Dawson S. Schultz, Ph.D., Instructor
Guest Faculty:
Steve Jackson, M.D., Anesthesiologist
Richard Powers, M.D., Neonatologist

Topics and Readings - Fall Quarter 2013

W eek I: Introduction To Stories of Illness.
Sachs, Oliver. Awakening.
Sachs, Oliver. “To See and Not To See (fAn Anthropologist On Mars).
“Awakenings”- Film with Robin Williams & Robert DiNero

W eek II: Stories of Illness-Continued.
Selzer, Richard. Imagine A Woman and Other Tales.
“At First Sight”-Film with Val Kilmer/Mira Sorvino (story by Oliver Sachs).

W eek III: Patient and Doctor in Clinical Narratives.
Zaner, Richard. Troubled Voices: Stories of Ethics & Illness.
Zaner, Richard. Conversations on the Edge

W eek IV: Ethical Analysis of the Illness Narrative.
Kleaver, Lonnie. Dax’s Case: Essays In Medical Ethics and Human Meaning
Film: “Please Let Me Die” & “Dax’s Case” (about “Galveston burn victim)

Week V: Interpreting the Illness Narrative.
Kleinman, Arthur. The Illness Narratives: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition.

Week VI: Constructing Patient's Illness Narrative: Patient’s View vs. Doctor’s View?
May, William F. The Patient’s Ordeal (How loss is suffered in affliction).
Frank, Arthur F. At the Will of the Body (A sociologist’s account of his bout with cancer.)
“The Doctor” (Film with William Hurt about when a doctor becomes the patient).

W eek VII: To Whom Do Illness Narratives Belong? Patient, Doctor, or Clinical Conversation?
Brody, Howard. “W ho Gets to Tell the Story: Narrative in Postmodern Bioethics”
Brody, Howard. Stories of Sickness (methodological considerations in narrative bioethics).

Week VIII: Medicine as Narrative: Relationship Between Science and Art in Medicine.
Hunter, Kathryn Montgomery. Doctor’s Stories: The Narrative Structure of Medical Knowledge

W eek IX: W hat Is Narrative Bioethics?
Nelson, Hilde Lindeman. Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches To Bioethics.

Week X: Bioethical Principles Or Narratives?
Chambers, Todd. The Fiction of Bioethics: Cases as Literary Texts
Week XI: Medical Ethics: Applied Ethics or Interpretive Case Formulation?
Schultz, DS. & Lydia V. Flasher. “Charles Taylor, Phronesis, and Medicine: Ethics and Interpretation in Illness Narrative.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (special thematic issue on Charles Taylor and Contemporary Medicine). Vol.36, Issue #4 August 2011;
Schultz, DS. & Lydia V. Flasher “The Ethical Significance of Narrative: A Case Formulation Approach To Medical Ethics.” Invited Symposium Paper, “Charles Taylor and Contemporary Issues in Medicine,” sponsored by University of M ontreal & M cGill University, October 2008.