Chapter 4 Suicide and Euthanasia

Chapter 4 Suicide and Euthanasia - 3. Morally excused...

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Chapter 4 Suicide and Euthanasia 1. The moral blameworthiness of suicide a. Even if a given suicide is morally wrong, it does not follow that it is morally reprehensible b. Although what someone did was wrong, the action may be excusable, just as in criminal law i. He was not responsible, that is either temporarily insane, did it inadvertently, and etc. c. For suicide to be morally wrong or sinful, you have to ask what defect of character did it show d. When is a suicide morally excused even if it is objectively wrong? i. Terminally ill 1. medical care will ruin the family financially 2. Does this show a defect in character? a. This is morally excused because you are helping others ii. Unsound mind 1. Do not know what I am doing wrong 2. owing to a mental defect
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Unformatted text preview: 3. Morally excused because you did not know what you were doing iii. Not yourself 1. depressed 2. frightened 3. any highly emotional state of mind e. The act must be shown that it is attributable to some substandard trait of character for it to be morally excused 2. The moral reasons for and against suicide a. People need to answer the question of whether all suicide is wrong or is there always some moral obligation that very often it is not wrong b. It is not suicide to risk your own life against an enemies c. Theological-argument against suicide i. Sixth commandment, though shalt not kill d. arguments from natural law i. everything naturally loves itself 3. Voluntary Active Euthanasia a....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHI 130 taught by Professor ?? during the Fall '08 term at University of Miami.

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