ethics RQ15 - humanity on having the potential for rational...

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Jason Lim Ethics Reading Questions #15 1. The first argument that Noonan gives is that if moral judgments cannot be based on arbitrary distinctions then it must be related to some probability. He then goes on to discuss the low probability of conception, but once the egg is inseminated then the probability of life increases dramatically. His main argument is that at conception, the fetus receives its genetic code, which defines it to be human because it is then a self-evolving being. 2. Warren highlight's Noonan's ambiguity in regards to why a fetus is a human by claiming that he does not provide in argument for the humanity of the fetus in the moral sense. Noonan merely bases
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Unformatted text preview: humanity on having the potential for rational capacity and genetic code. 3. The five characteristics that define personhood for Warren are consciousness, reasoning, self-motivated activity, capacity to communicate, and having the presence of self-concepts and self-awareness. This list is defined enough to determine who is a person and who isn't. 4. Warren concludes that the rights of an actual person always takes precedent over a potential person's rights. To deny a woman her right to have an abortion is to deny her of her moral and constitutional rights for something that could be a person....
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course PHIL 205 taught by Professor Jonathanreibsamen during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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