Notes for Moral Problems exam 2

Notes for Moral Problems exam 2 - Hardwig on Euthanasia...

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Hardwig on Euthanasia Loss of independence/control Sense of meaninglessness/purposefulness Disorientation/confusion Dementia Burden on family**** God doesn't want you to take your own life Advance in medical techniques/technology Rachels - dehumanization Preordained time to die - if you kill yourself, that's what was right and supposed to happen Being ready to die = being willing to accept death at any moment, regardless of what you have left that you want to do Who should do the killing? o You, your family, doctor? o You - shouldn't put burden on your family; family could screw it up out of emotion or lack of knowledge You might screw it up; social taboo and isolation; might end life too early; cause more pain for family in your absence o Family Psychological trauma - burden of knowing they ended your life; charged with murder Velleman on Euthanasia Shouldn't be a legally protected right to die (euthanasia) o People can take their life into their own hands o Staying alive is "default" - need to be justifying their existence o Impaired judgment (ex. immense pain may cause someone to make a hasty decision) o Turns into obligation (ex. Draining families resources, putting them in debt - easier to just die) Physician assisted suicide is psychologically harmful to the patient. If physician assisted suicide is harmful to the patient, then we shouldn't do it. Therefore, we shouldn't do it. The Vatican on Sexual Morality o Purpose of sex: procreation, NOTHING more Final end of sexual relations has to be open to the birth of a child Expression of love o Premarital sex arg: Premarital relations exclude the prospect of procreation.
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Children produced by premarital relations are likely to be raised in unstable environments. If 1 & 2, then 4. Therefore, premarital relations are wrong. o Natural order (secular view) Natural - good, unnatural - bad o Appeals to moral conscience of the faithful, magesterium, etc.
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