Notes 9-11 - Nevin Bahadirli Personal Morality September...

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Nevin Bahadirli Personal Morality September 11, 2006 Thompson’s Defense of Abortion 1. Background a. Most arguments in the abortion debate run: a fetus is/is not a person. Therefore, it is morally impermissible / permissible to abort a fetus. 2. Thompson’s Argument a. Let’s grant that the fetus is a person. How do we get to “therefore, aborting a fetus is morally impermissible”? b. The case of the famous violinist i. You find yourself hooked up to a famous violinist whose life depends on your kidneys purifying his blood along with your own ii. Even if unplugging yourself kills the violinist, it is morally impermissible for you to do so iii. Thompson makes these examples to make sure the reader’s moral judgments are consistent across different cases. 1. Duty vs. Charity – what you have to do morally vs. what would be nice to do. 3. The Extreme View a. In no case is abortion permissible, not even in the case of a pregnancy due to rape: if a fetus is a person, so is a fetus that is
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2008 for the course INDV 101 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Notes 9-11 - Nevin Bahadirli Personal Morality September...

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