When Is It Inherently Bad to Kill Something?

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 160
Professor
Christopher Meacham
Semester
Fall

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The Question • Question: When is it inherently bad to kill something? (And how bad?) 1 Inherently:  1 The person is innocent 2 Non­threatening 3 No friends or family that would be terribly upset if they were killed (no  attachments) 4 Everything is in secret 5 Etc • Secret Lab Story 1 Discovered mad scientists' secret lab 2 Scientist had been growing various things (vats) 3 You press the button and incinerate whatever it is inside that vat 4 How bad would it be for you to press the button on one of those vats? Sumner on the Two "Standard" Positions on Abortion •  "Std." Pro­Choice  Before birth: Okay 1 After Birth: Bad! (NHA­ same as killing a normal human adult) • •  "Std. Pro­Lif  Before conception: Okay 1 After Conception: Bad! (NHA) • • Gradual Degrees: Moral Value by Age (graphically) Ex 1) Inheritance • It's okay to kill a baby right before it comes out of the womb but not when the head  emerges Ex 2) 3 Drunks • A) Drunk driver hits van (3 NHA die) • B) Drunk CDC technician releases ebola (30,000 NHA die) • C) Drunk fertility clinic technician spills sperm (300,000 fertilized eggs) • Question: Worst outcome? 1 Everyone will usually say B 2 Pro­Life says that C is the worst outcome Three Criteria • Life    X 1 A) 2 B) • Sentience (Ability to Feel) • Rationality (Ability to reason) X How high should we make the moral bar? Rational Animals, Severely Retarded Human Adults, babies
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