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Chapter on Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, etc.
Introduction to Chapter
See also "End of Life Distinctions," under "Contemporary Issues" section of the course website. Values invoked and concepts employed in debate: sanctity of life (189), autonomy and self-determination (189), principle of nonmaleficence, princ. of mercy (190), death with dignity (190-91), quality of life (190), ordinary v. extraordinary treatment (191), physician's role (192), justice and equality (192); burden to society (193), slippery slope (193).
mercy, principle of (200.1), passive euthanasia (201.1), active euthanasia (201.1), principle of [patient] autonomy (202.2-203.1), limited paternalism (203.2), extended ("hard") paternalism (203.2), argument from justice for active euthanasia (205.1), slippery slope objection (205.1-2)
rights and universal principles perspective (221.1), care and relationships paerspective (221.1), equation of goodness with self-sacrifice (222.1), importance of context (224.1), patient as isolated monad (224.1), patient agency and physician agency (224.2-225.1), interweaving of perspectives (225)
Social constructionist theory
"Humanism" (=an aspect of the liberal view of rights)
Pornography (two meanings, one legal, the other more sociological)
Erotica (compare with legal meaning of porn)
The harm claim
Practice compared with an idea
Mill on Liberty
What affects the self, the personal sphere
What directly affects other people
The inward domain of consciousness
Liberty of conscience
Liberty of tastes and pursuits
Liberty of combination
Universal human nature
Limited State Thesis
Autonomy on a continuum
sexually explicit speech
clear and present danger
Moral superiority (=moral preferability) of an act
Completeness of a sexual act (371.1)
Naturalness of a sexual act compared with "perversion " (372.2)
Nagel's view of perversion (distinguished from R's) (373)
Prima facie good (376)
Three approaches to the discussion of sexual pleasure and completeness (377.1-2)
Find the non-religious arguments embedded in the statement.
Vatican Sexual Ethics
Finality (=natural purpose) of the sexual act (366)
Prinicipal criterion of sexual morality (366)
Stability of marriage
External manifestation of consent
Objective moral order (367)
Moral disorder (367)