LECTURE 4_2_2010

LECTURE 4_2_2010 - Introduction to Ethics PH150 April 2...

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 April 2 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows Colin Cmiel Stacey Goguen Yoni Porat Monday, April 5, 2010
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Survival Lottery John Harris argues that the difference between killing and letting die is not as salient as one might at Frst think -- especially for those being let die. ±urthermore we shouldn’t decide out of hand that killing innocents is always wrong. So Harris proposes a “survival lottery” in response. If welfare and equal treatment are of primary moral concern why not? As Singer puts it “if human life is valuable, a scheme that saves human lives must be desirable” even if it involves random killing of innocents. 2 Monday, April 5, 2010
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Peter Singer’s objections are as hard-nosed as Harris’ argument! We can overcome most objections by making the scheme voluntary, but there is a utilitarian problem with the scheme -- it provides a disincentive to be healthy. If we attempt to exclude everyone who contributes to their own lack of health, we will likely exclude everyone. Singer
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