He is addressing that abortion is morally wrong and should not be permitted except in certain cases.
Marquis' Main Goal "The purpose of this essay is to develop a general argument for the claim that the overwhelming majority of deliberate abortions are seriously immoral" II.
A Standoff between Anti-abortionists and Pro-choicers "The anti-abortionist charges, not unreasonably, that pro-choice principles concerning killing are too narrow to be acceptable; the pro-choicer charges, not unreasonably, that anti-abortionist principles concerning killing are too broad to be acceptable.
Marquis' Anti-Abortion Argument Preliminaries: It is typically seriously wrong to kill us adult human beings.
Here's one central thing: It deprives us not only of what we value now and would have, given our current predilections, valued later, but also of what we would have come to value. Marquis takes these implications to bolster account.
Depriving a being of the value of a future like ours makes killing it wrong. Killing a fetus deprives it of the value of a future like ours.
So killing a fetus is wrong. Clarifications The crucial moral category in Marquis' argument is not that of a person or a potential person. It is rather the category of "having a valuable future like ours" In order to establish the conclusion that the vast majority of abortions are wrong, Marquis does not need to show that a necessary condition of the wrongness of killing some being is that it deprive it of the value of a future like ours.
He needs merely to show that a sufficient condition of the wrongness of killing some being is that it deprive it of this value.
Objections Marquis Considers to his Argument A necessary condition for the wrongness of killing a being is that doing so interfere with the fulfillment of the being's desire to go on living.
But fetuses don't have a desire to go on living. So killing them is not wrong. Only victims can be wronged. A victim must have sentience. But embryos don't have sentience. An embryo is thus not a victim and can't be wronged. So it does not wrong an embryo to have an abortion.
Contrary to what Marquis contends, it's not the case that depriving a being of the value of a future like ours is wrong.
For if Marquis' contention were true, then contraception would be wrong.Choose one (1) of the following questions. Compare the argument of Stephen B. Bright (who argues that the death penalty should be abolished) with the opposing argument of Louis P.
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Nov 27, · Poem & Poet: These lines are taken from the poem ‘A Spider and a Fly’ written by Don Marquis. The poem is in the form of an argument between a spider and a fly. It is a debate on the relevance of Beauty and Utility in life.
Marquis states that killing us “imposes on us the misfortune of premature death. That misfortune underlies the wrongness.” Further, that when one is dead, one has been deprived of life due to the fact that premature death is a misfortune. Don Marquis is the brilliant soul who was a journalist for The Evening Sun and began publishing the tales of Archy and Mehitabel in The poems are wickedly funny, with not a little satire spr I flew through archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis/5().
Correspondence, manuscripts, proofs, photographs, and printed and miscellaneous material relating to the life and writings of Don Marquis. Among the more important works included are MASTER OF THE REVELS, CHAPTERS FOR THE ORTHODOX, JACK (published as SONS OF THE PURITANS), THE EGO BIOGRAPHY, the.
Don Marquis also cites Judith Thomson’s view that fetuses have the right to live. Marquis says that the morality of abortion boils down to the question of whether fetuses have the right to life.
Marquis believes: “All humans, whatever their race, gender, religion or age, have the right to life”(Marquis, ).