PHI 306 EC 11

PHI 306 EC 11 - wrong then it would be wrong to kill...

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Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 11 Why Abortion is Immoral 1.) Under what conditions is killing a living being morally wrong, according to Marquis? Marquis claims that killing a living being is morally wrong for the reason that the loss of one’s life deprives one of all the experiences, activities, projects, and enjoyments that would otherwise have constituted one’s future. Killing someone is wrong mainly because the killing inflicts the greatest possible losses on the victim. 2.) Must the fetus be a person, according to Marquis, in order for abortion to be wrong? Why or why not? Marquis says that the fetus does not need to be a person in order for abortion to be wrong. He says that it is possible that there exists a different species whose members have a future like ours and since having a future of such is what makes killing someone
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Unformatted text preview: wrong; then it would be wrong to kill members of this species. Therefore, life that is biologically human is not the only one that has great moral worth. 3.) Why isn’t contraception a morally wrong act, in Marquis’ view? Marquis says that contraception isn’t a morally wrong act because it prevents the actualization of a possible future of value. He says that assigning the harm to some sperm or some ovum is utterly arbitrary. At the time of contraception there are hundreds of millions of sperm, one released ovum, and millions of possible combinations of all of these; however, there is no actual combination that happens. Therefore contraception is not morally wrong because there is no nonarbitrarily identifiable subject of the loss in the case of contraception....
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