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Lesson 5 - Warren - Thus abortion is permissible for any...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 1/25/11 Lesson 5: Warren, “On the Moral and Legal Status of PHIL 1304 – Fall 2010 Prof. Matt King
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1/25/11 Background Avoiding equivocation about “human” Homo sapiens sapiens Person (possessor of full moral rights) Only persons have full moral rights So the permissibility of abortion depends on whether the fetus is a
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1/25/11 Personhood 1) Consciousness 2) Reasoning 3) Self-motivated activity 4) The capacity to communicate 5) Presence of self-concepts •) Anything lacking all 5 traits = not a person
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1/25/11 Implications Rights vs. Interests Always permissible to enforce full moral rights E.g., freedom and autonomy
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Unformatted text preview: Thus abortion is permissible for any reason 1/25/11 Big Problem! Consistent reasoning: If A has moral status if and only if it possesses some set of capacities C, then all things with C have the same status Corollary If A lacks moral status because it lacks C, then all things lacking C also lack that status What else lacks Warrens 5 traits? 1/25/11 Warrens replies 1) Others wish to preserve neonates Like works of art 1) Society cares ) No conflict here with mothers rights 1/25/11 Remaining worries a) Right reasons? a) Possible conflict?...
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