14. Wednesday, November 3, 2010

14. Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - PHL281 Wednesday November...

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PHL281 - Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Hardwig and the Duty to Die Aquinas and Kant: We have a duty not to commit suicide Hume: We are permitted to commit suicide Hardwig: We have a duty to commit suicide or at least to refuse life-extending treatments The Duty to Die - How can we have a duty to do something that will happen (eventually) no matter what we do? - when he talks about duties, it is something that you should do. .. you should at certain points or circumstances let yourself die because morality requires it - We could be morally required not to prolong life needlessly –perhaps even to kill ourselves Not an enforceable duty Need to promote meaning in life Historical Examples - Survival cases (“lifeboat ethics”) they wont survive anyways - Nomadic cultures Inuit traditions going to leave the settlement and die of exposure - Cases of giving up one’s life for the benefit of the group (contra Aquinas) contra Aquinas: Aquinas says it harms society, but sometimes surely, society would be better off if someone died Hardwig’s “Individualistic Fantasy” - Our ongoing survival is entirely our own business - “[L]ivesare separate and unconnected, or …they could be if we chose”(35). - In fact we are deeply connected to others (family, et al.), and these connections give life
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PHL 281H1 taught by Professor Professorainslie during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto.

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