Chapter 1 - Chapter 1 Minimum conception is a core that...

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Chapter 1 Minimum conception is a core that every moral theory should accept, at least as a starting point. Ex: Baby Theresa with a genetic disorder called Anencephalic where the cerebrum and cerebellum are missing and people eventually dies within few days after born. An argument is sound if its assumptions are true and the conclusions follows logically from them. Being alive is a benefit only if it enables you to carry on activities and have thoughts, feelings, and relations with other people (enables you to have a life) Her parents used Benefits argument provides powerful reason for the transplanting the organs. Ethicists used two arguments 1) It is wrong to use people as means to other people's ends - vagues notion; using people means violating their autonomy through manaipulation, trickery, or deceit, or when people are forced to do things against their will. - When people make decisions for others, they should ask two questions: What would be in their own best interests? If she could tell us what she wants, what would she say? 2) It is wrong to kill one person to save another. Ex: Jodie and Mary, conjoined twins were born, Their parents refused to separate them because then the other child will die. But the hospital petitioned in the court and it was granted and
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2011 for the course PHIL 309 taught by Professor Sander during the Spring '10 term at George Mason.

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