LECTURE 4_14_2010

LECTURE 4_14_2010 - Introduction to Ethics PH150 April 14...

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Introduction to Ethics - PH150 April 14 Professor Aaron Garrett Teaching Fellows Colin Cmiel Stacey Goguen Yoni Porat Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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Is the “right to life” unproblematic? What about cases where a life is not directly threatened? Jarvis Thomson gives an interesting example concerning Henry Fonda’s healing touch. The example shows that many issues turn on whether or not we can really be said to have a right to something, even if we only minimal inconvenience someone else. (55-6) This doesn’t mean that we don’t have a right, just that our right “does not guarantee having either a right to be given the use of or a right to be allowed continued use of another’s body,” (56). Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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This is made clearer by the following example Take two brothers, both whom have some chocolates and one of whom deprives the other of the chocolates. In this case the brother appears to have a right. But is this the case with the violinist? Or the case when the chocolates belong only to one brother? Thomson concludes: “the right to life consists not in the right not to be killed, but in the right not to be killed unjustly,” (57). Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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