ethics11 (more doing vs. allowing)

ethics11 (more doing vs. allowing) - PHIL 4: Introduction...

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Unformatted text preview: PHIL 4: Introduction to Ethics Out of t e crooked T mber of humani no s aight t ing was ever made . Immanuel Kan 1 Consequentialism, Deontology, & Doing Harm ( III ) Compare Ch. 3, Normative Ethics , Shelley Kagan 2 A proposal: doing harm involves a physical act of some kind whereas allowing harm involves the failur e to perform a physical act of some kind That is, we could use the familiar distinction between an act of commissio n ( doing harm ) and an act of omissio n ( allowing harm ) Will this characterization of the doing/allowing distinction work? Doing vs. Allowing ( contd ) 3 Little- Dutch- Boy 4 Aborted- Rescue 5 Little- Dutch- Boy and Aborted- Rescue seem to show that acts of commission can be cases of a # owing har m Can you think of any acts of omission that might rightly be considered cases of doing har m ? What about Trolly- Driver if he does nothing? Or perhaps a clearer case: parents that fail to feed their children. This is an act clearer case: parents that fail to feed their children....
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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ethics11 (more doing vs. allowing) - PHIL 4: Introduction...

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