Ethics - Universalizibility Principle & Golden Rule

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The Universalizability Principle . If one makes a moral judgment about a particular case, then one must make the same moral judgment about any similar case, unless there is a morally relevant difference between the cases. A. Illustrations of the UP B. Using the UP a) It would be wrong to kill a new-born human infant. b) UP c) There is no morally relevant difference between killing a human fetus and killing a new-born human infant. Therefore, d) It would be wrong to kill a human fetus (in an abortion). 1. It would be wrong or unjust to not to permit men to vote. 2. UP Therefore, It would be wrong or unjust not to permit women to vote.
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The Golden Rule 1. Two objections to the Golden Rule. A. Sometimes its right to do things to other (punish them), but the GR Prohibits this. B. It permits people with unusual desires to do wrong things – it permits a masochists to inflict pain on others. 2. Hare’s theory about the meaning of moral judgments. Moral judgments are 1. Commands prescriptions (they tell us what to do), 2.
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course PHIL 181 taught by Professor Thomascarson during the Spring '10 term at Loyola Chicago.

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