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Medical Ethics Lecture 3

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Medical Ethics Lecture 3 Phil 164H

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Medical Ethics
J. Dixon
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Phil 164 - Medical Ethics I University of Massachusetts, Amherst Professor Dixon Lecture 3 Review of Moral Theory 1. Right vs. good John 2. How they relate Rawls Right --------- Connected with Structure ------------ Good Moral Theory Schema Principle of Right --------- Structure ---------- Principle of Good/Value (What is right?) (What has intrinsic value?) Practical Aim Theoretical Aim Right - narrow/broad - obligatory and/or optional - actions Good - intrinsic value - because of features with inherent value - things Value-based moral theories - theory based in principle of right Duty-based moral theory - based on duties and rights 1. Consequentialism --------------------------------> Utility - Consequentialism - value hedonism a. Value-based moral theory Hedonistic Utilitarianism b. Alternative actions c. Comparative theory of right action d. Maximizing theory of right action e. Impartialist moral theory Key for above table C = Act consequentialism U = principle of utility 4 Basic Goods = 1) human life 2) human knowledge 3) human procreation 4) human sociality DDE =Doctrine of Double Effect=1)permissibility 2)necessity 3)nonintentionality 4)proportionality 2. Kantian Moral Theory - capture spirit of the Golden Rule Categorical Imperative - Duty - Dignity 1) Humanity Formulation - right if action treats people as ends and not as means 2) Universal Law Formulation - right is you can consistently conceive and will everyone doing it 3. Rights Based moral theory vocab ● Right - entitlement to be free to engage in something, to exercise power, or be provided with some benefit ● Negative right - entitlement to noninterference (free speech) ● Positive right - entitlement to be provided something (emergency medical care) ● Rights holder ● Rights addressee ● Content of a right ● Strength of a right - how it compares to other rights ● Rights infringement - justifiably going against someone else’s rights ● Rights violation - unjustifiably going against someone’s rights ● Moral/human rights ● Legal rights ● Basic rights ● Non-basic rights Rights and Moral Theory ● Rights are fundamental to theory ● There are also rights focused approaches ● Duty based theory a) Right if it doesn’t violate someone’s rights b) Unless it is not possible to respect all rights - do it in the best way possible Must use Moral Judgement Moral Judgement - Rights based theory - Basic Rights 4. Virtue Ethics ● Virtue - trait of character that involves dispositions to act and is central in the positive evaluation of a person ● Vice - trait of character that involves dispositions to act and is central in the negative evaluation of a person ● Right if ti si what a virtuous agent would do ● Based in character of person not if action is right or wrong Moral Judgement - Virtue Ethics - Virtues


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