Class Notes (836,321)
Canada (509,732)
Philosophy (940)
PHLA10H3 (173)
Jin Park (3)
Lecture

Short Answer Questions [PHLA11] - Abortion.docx

2 Pages
140 Views
Unlock Document

Department
Philosophy
Course
PHLA10H3
Professor
Jin Park
Semester
Summer

Description
Short Answer Questions: Unit 3 TOPIC #1: ABORTION “When does a fetus because a person or a human being?” is the common question asked when debating abortion. But both Marquis and Judith Jarvis Thompson believe it’s the wrong question to be asking ourselves when we want to come to a logical conclusion. Marquis  States that we need to figure out what makes killing wrong, to come to a conclusion.  He starts by saying: o Killing an Adult human being is wrong o But what makes it wrong?  It causes the person who is killed to lose the most valuable thing which they now possess.  Deprives the killed person of the future; any possible projects, relationships or activities they might engage in. o Compare what makes it wrong to what supposedly makes abortion wrong. Marquis Verdict: Abortion is morally impermissible; it is on the same level as killing a human being. You deprive them of everything that they may experience and that is morally wrong. Objection 1: Fetuses can’t value anything because they don’t possess the capabilities to do so. Response 1: My future can be valuable to me even though I may not value it at the present moment. Objection 2: Doesn’t this make contraception and abstention from sex, also seriously immoral? Response 2: His response isn’t that we must MAXIMIZE the number of futures. In all seriousness there needs to be a subject whose future is being saved. Contraception doesn’t allow for a subject to exist because the fetus and egg haven’t met yet. Judith Jarvis Thomson For the sake of the argument, Thomson supposes the fetus is
More Less

Related notes for PHLA10H3

Log In


OR

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


OR

By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.


Submit