ethics12 (intending harm)

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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 Intending Harm Compare Ch. 3, Normative Ethics , Shelley Kagan 2 ❖ Can we give a precise characterization of the doing/allowing distinction? ( Answer: Maybe. But it’s di ffi cult. ) ❖ Is the doing/allowing distinction morally relevant? ( Answer. Maybe. But there seem to be good reasons to doubt it. ) ❖ Is there an alternative constraint that better captures our moral intuitions? ( Answer: Maybe. We need to look more closely at the constraint against intending harm. ) From Last Time 3 Doing vs. Allowing ( cont’d ) An objection ❖ Pier I/Pier II and Famine Relief 1/Famine Relief II were supposed to show that doing harm is worse than allowing it ❖ But is that rea ! y what they show? ❖ Consider the motives or intentions involved in these cases. It’s the intentions of the agent that are driving our moral judgments, not the doing/allowing distinction ❖ Or so says the objector 4 Inheritance 1 :Drown cousin in bathtub Inheritance II :Allow cousin to drown in bathtub 5 Intending Harm ❖ Inheritance I and II arguably show that we were simply confused in diagnosing our judgments about the Pier and Famine Relief cases ❖ The doing/allowing distinction can see m morally relevant on...
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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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ethics12 (intending harm) - PHIL 4: Introduction to Ethics...

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