Twelfth Lecture

Twelfth Lecture - February 2, 2009 Philosophy 4: Twelfth...

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February 2, 2009 Philosophy 4: Twelfth Lecture An Argument that Abortion is Wrong (Continued) A Key Feature of Marquis’ Account: - Note that Marquis’ argu m e nt is not intend ed to provide a necessary condition for the wrongness of killing - There are oth er reasons why it might b e wrong to kill so m eon e who lacks a future of value o The suffering it might caus e to friends a nd family - So a n FLO is sufficient but not necessary . If someone has a future of value, that fact by itself is enough to make it true that killing that creature is seriously wrong. Objections and Replies: - The Potentiality Objection : the FLO account of wrongness of killing relies on a fallacious inference o It argues that from the fetus’ potential for a life of value to the conclusion that it has a life of value o Reply: there are fallacious inferences from potentiality: Potential voters have a right to vote Potential Presidents have the rights of the Presidency o But the potentiality objection does not apply to fetuses Because the FLO account relies on the same principle to explain
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