6. Wednesday, September 29, 2010

6. Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - PHL281Y - Wednesday,...

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PHL281Y - Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Hursthouse and Virtue Bioethics Problems with rights-based approaches • treats all relationships as commercial in form: degrading what matters most in life • rights presuppose equal adults engaged in explicit negotiation: impossible to live like that - presupposes a larger moral framework in which we relate to one another without negotiation • significant evaluations of actions taken even when they are within a person’s rights • insisting on rights in context of intimate relationship undermines it • rights not appropriate for understanding moral place of non-adults Rights primarily play a role in setting terms for interaction of strangers, with the state as referee. Appeal to rights in the ethics of abortion confuses different kinds of questions - bioethics of everyday life (type 3) - legal and policy issues (type 1) Recall Thomson’s discussion of the ‘decency’ of various abortion decisions at the end of her article. Hursthouse generalizes to a “virtue ethics” treatment.
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