Abortion Readings II, Animals I

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Abortion Readings II 1. Hursthouse is a proponent of “virtue theory.” What is that, exactly, and what would Plato and Mill have thought of it? What did they think of “virtues”? And of happiness or living well? What does Hursthouse think by contrast? 2. Explain how Hursthouse’s view relies on the idea of what is “worthwhile.” Why might this be a problem for her ethical theory? Do you think it really is a problem? Why does she think it isn’t? 3. 308: “Let me emphasize again that we are discussing the morality of abortion, not the rights and wrongs of laws prohibiting or permitting it.” If abortion is wrong or immoral, (how) could it be right to have laws allowing it? If it is not wrong or immoral, (how) could it be right to have laws prohibiting it? 4. 308: “Love and friendship do not survive their parties’ constantly insisting on their rights, nor do people live well when they think that getting what they have a right to is of preeminent importance; they harm others, and they harm themselves.” Explain. Why does Hursthouse think that “whether women have a moral right to terminate their pregnancies irrelevant within virtue theory”? (Hursthouse mentions Judith Jarvis Thomson in passing; what would JJT think of this conclusion? Would she agree? Is Thompson a virtue theorist in the end, or are her views at least compatible with v. t.?) 5. Hursthouse also thinks that the personhood of the fetus is irrelevant to the rightness or wrongness of abortion. Why? What is relevant, then? She says the decision will involve “wisdom” concerning the facts that “figure in the practical reasoning, actions and passions, thoughts, and reactions, of the virtuous and the nonvirtuous.” Huh? 6.
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course PHI 104 taught by Professor Roberteason during the Fall '07 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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