Bioethics 2

Bioethics 2 - August 31, 2009 Moral Theory What is moral...

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August 31, 2009 Moral Theory What is moral theory? Meta-Ethics Nature and point of moral discourse Analysis of moral concepts like right and wrong Normative Ethics Discourse itself Questions: 1. What outcomes are good? Not good for you but good overall. 2. What acts are right? 3. What traits const good? Answer: Appeal to factors or foundations. Lie is factor, social good is foundation. Applied Ethics Commonsense Morality Consequentialist obligations Obligation to bring out good. Make world a better place. Prevent bad results form occurring. Hedonism- only thing good is pleasure. Bad=lack of pleasure. Except within limits to keep econ going and keep motivation Right-based obligations Act as a check to pursuit of self interest and pursuit of greater good Rights have a particular structure Have to make it up to right holder Exposing others to risks. Negative Rights: Right to life, liberty, others break their word to us, property, against bodily intrusion/ invasion/ trespass. Positive Rights: Education, healthcare
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