Study guide for test 2
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Section 7 Medicine and technolo
Many of my students think that as long as our behavior doesnt hurt others, what were doing is
permissible. What matters from the moral point of view, they would say, is how you treat others, not
how you treat yourself. Thus when they test the morality of
For the sake of argument, assume abortion is morally permissible. (We're not saying
abortion is or is not morally permissible. We're simply assuming for the sake of argument
that there is nothing morally wrong with abortion.) Here is the question I would
Do you think there is at least one moral rule which should never be violated, or put differently, at least
one moral truth that is never false?
I believe there are moral rules that should never be broken, no matter the situation, no matter what
In order to have a good argument, one needs to have premises that are true and solid in their reasoning,
and a conclusion that is supported by the premises and is logically sound as well.
Here is an example of where the premises are true but do not suppor
At the beginning of Chapter 12 of The Fundamentals of Ethics, Shafer-Landau points out
that the utilitarian must be willing to say that slavery could be right in at least a few
unlikely cases. There could be cases, though theyre unlikely, where in a slave
Ackerman argues that the emphasis on autonomy, if applied consistently, could lead to
some absurd results.
In your first paragraph, explain what her argument is. To help you out, this is the structure
of her argument: If we continue to emphasize personal
In the reading for this section, Christopher Kaczor discusses some of the arguments for
thinking that parents have a moral responsibility to select for certain capacities and traits
when selection is an option. If you can increase the chances your child w
In my notes on ethical pluralism, I point out that the ethical pluralist believes there is
something intrinsically or inherently right in manfiesting fidelity, making reparations,
displaying gratitude, being just and preventing harm to others. Although th
In David Oderberg's article "The War Against the Elderly," he argues that our present
attitude toward the elderly is mistaken.
Read the article and explain at least one point with which you agree and one point with
which you disagree. Then say whether you
1. Some people say what is right for your culture is not right for mine. How would a cultural relativist
understand this claim?
According to relativists, our morals are understood by how our society feels about them. So what the
relativist is hearing is:
Read Pruss' article (which you can find in the content area of section 10) and in 2 or more
paragraphs, explain what you think about the argument. The crux of the argument is
given on pgs. 1 and 2. So be sure to read those thoroughly. The rest of the arti