Phil 2500 Notes 9-22

Phil 2500 Notes 9-22 - Philosophy 2500 Notes September 22,...

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Philosophy 2500 Notes September 22, 2005 Don Marquis article Killing Why is “killing” wrong? Not because of the loss to friends, family or society. Not because killing makes the killer a worse person (this would be circular) Killing is wrong Killing wrong because it inflicts on the victim of the greatest possible loss – the loss of ones future (experiences, activities, and pleasures) p23 It is not the loss of life per se, but the loss of current and future endeavors that one values. What kind of moral theory? In light of this view of killing – what moral theory do you think Marquis holds? What this view of killing entails Killing any being which has “a future like ours” would be equally wrong (that is, killing persons – by they human or non-human, is wrong) Killing non-human mammals is wrong if their future is “sufficiently like ours” More consequences Does not entail, as JPII’s “sanctity of life” view does, that active euthanasia is wrong. Euthanasia would be justified if there was no desirable future left for the individual.
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