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What does Warren mean by the expression ‘morally human? What does she mean by the expression ‘genetically human’? Why Is this distinction an Important distinction In the abortion context, according to Warren? What does Warren mean by “the moral community By morally human Warren means a full-fledged member of a moral community. By genetically human Warren means a baby with full genetic code and the potential for the capacity for rational thought.

Distinction is important in abortion context because fetus’ are not considered a member of the moral immunity since it is not a moral human but it is considered a genetic human. Warren means by moral community is only people rather than human beings . 2. Does Warren mean the same thing by “person” that she means by “human”? Quote passages from the essay that support your answer here. What criteria does Warren offer being human In the moral sense? Present these In as much detail as she does.

Warren does not mean the same thing by person and human and she clearly states It when she says “the suggestion Is simply that the moral community consists of all and only people, rather than all and only human beings” and probably the best way of engendering the concept of Persephone, to see what sorts of entity are and are not persons, and what the decision that a being is or is not a person implies about is moral rights. 3. Do you agree with Warren’s criteria for being human in the moral sense? If not, explain what you find troublesome about her criteria, and defend your view against hers.

I personally agree with warrens view of what makes up a person. I liked the example she gave about someone who is alive but no longer has consciousness because even though you are alive you can’t do anything, your no longer a person. 4. Explain Warren’s ‘space-traveler’ scenario defense (the first of the two ‘space-traveler’ scenarios she offers) of the criteria that she offers for being human In the moral sense. After explaining what Warren thinks her ‘space-traveler’ shows, say whether or not you think Warren’s ‘space-traveler’ example shows what she thinks it shows. N the first space travel scenario, warren just talks more about what makes us morally human and how you would go about distinguishing aliens from humans based on human morality such as how they interact with others, the tools they use and the way they think 5. Suppose there are beings on other planets that are not genetically human. Do you think that the fact that they are not human necessarily exclude them from the moral community, as far as Warren is concerned? Explain your answer. Suppose there are angels; Are angels genetically human?

Would Warren think it is permissible to hunt angels for sport? I think warren believes even if things are not genetically human they can still be a part of the moral community because Its not based on being human It’s more based on being a person. I think Angels are to some extent genetically human. I don’t think she would think it’s okay to hunt angels for oldest be morally correct to hunt those that could be considered a part of the moral community. 6. What does Warren say about potentiality/potential persons and the rights they (would) have as far as the fetus/mother relationship is concerned?

Do you think that a potential person does have (or should have) the same rights as a full-fledged person? Explain why/why not! Do you think that a potential adult should have the same rights as a full-fledged adult? Defend/ Explain your answers Warren believes that because the mother is already a person what she wants is more in important than that of someone who is only a potential person. I think that as the mother they should take into consideration the life of their child. It’s very selfish to kill your baby for your own reasons because the baby has no say Its not really fair.

I guess the mother has more rights but until the baby can think on it’s own there should be someone to speak up for them. I believe adults and potential adults should have the same rights. As soon as we get a certain age we can be considered persons and all persons should have the same rights. 7. Explain Warrens second ‘space-traveler’ thought experiment, explain what point she thinks she makes with it, and explain/ fend your own view as to whether she is successful in showing what she thinks she shows with this example. 8.

Because the fetus has no rights against the woman carrying it, Warren says, there is nothing immoral about having a late-term abortion in order to take a European vacation. Are there moral considerations she neglects? If you think so, what are they? Defend your view. 7. Warren compares the moral reasons for not killing an infant to the moral reasons for not destroying a work of art. Explain her argumentation/point here. Do you agree or disagree? 8. Explain Warren’s attempt to deal with the fact that her criteria seem to make it remissive to terminate infants (infanticide).

Explain exactly what is right or what is wrong with Warren’s response to the charge that her criteria allow infanticide. Defend your view. 9. Explain what you think Warren would say to the following argument: No one knows whether or not the fetus is a person during pregnancy, so, since one must allow that it might be a person, one must act as though it is a person. That is, if there is any chance at all that it is a person, one may not terminate the pregnancy. Characteristics she mentions might be sufficient for Persephone?

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