PHIL 1030 Lecture 7: Phil. 1030 SS

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Phil. 1030
Feb. 2 ,2017
Slippery Slope Argument
Basic Slippery Slope Argument
P1. We normal adults human beings have the right to life.
P2. We have continuity relationship with fetuses from which we developed
C1. Typical fetuses have the right to life from conception.
P1. If there is continuous rate of development between A and B, then A and B have the same properties.
P2. There is a continuous rate of development between us and fetuses from which we developed
P3. We have the right to life
C1. Fetuses from which we developed have the right to life
P1. Is false by counterexample
Categorical propertyall or nothing; a’t just hae a little
P1. If continuous rate of development between A and B, then we have same categorical properties
^This would result in there being too many things with a right to life
So if P1 is true then sperm and egg have the right to life as well according to Boonin.
Sperm and egg do not have right to life therefore P1 is not true.
Slippery Slope Premise 2
Trying to get from conception is the only radically discontinuous event with our developmental history.
Conception is the point at which we acquire our right to life
Radical Discontinuity Conception is radically different
Guts of Slippery Slope 2
…i our deelopetal history….
P1. The only radically discontinuity is the only (most) non-arbitrary event
P2. The only/most non-arbitrary event is the only morally relevant event
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