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Charlotte is a PhD student at the IHPST and a participant in the Collaborative Specialization Program in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics.

She studies the history and philosophy of ideas about suffering in 20th-century American medicine. Her historical research explores the intellectual and cultural history of ideas about suffering in movements to re-humanize medicine, such as hospice-palliative care and bioethics. Her philosophical work investigates the implications of this history on the quality of ethical debates that featured suffering, such as physician-assisted suicide. Charlotte also examines the tenability of historically influential ideas about suffering, focusing specifically on discrepancies between pain science and theories of suffering in medical contexts.

Prior to joining the doctoral program, Charlotte was a MA student at the IHPST. She also holds MAs in philosophy (New School for Social Research) and in bioethics (New York University). Before entering graduate school, she was a philosophy undergraduate student at the University of Toronto.

Charlotte’s website for her research can be found here: https://www.charlotteduffee.com/


Contact Information

  • E-mail address: charlotte.marcotte.toale@mail.utoronto.ca