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Ethical Issues in Life & Death - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find videos highlighting the ethical issues in life and death. These topics include moral issues associated with the right to die and suicide, plus capital punishment. Each one of our lessons is easy to navigate using the video tabs feature. With each lesson you'll find a multiple-choice quiz to check your knowledge. These quizzes, as well as the comprehensive chapter test, make helpful test prep tools. After completing these videos, you should be ready to:
- Detail some of the terms and definitions associated with ethical issues of life and death
- Outline the moral issues surrounding the right to die
- Explain the morality discussion associated with taking a human life
- Apply moral principles to the issue of suicide
- Discuss the arguments for killing in defense of the innocent
- Identify the moral arguments for and against capital punishment
1. Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions
In this lesson, explore some of the ethical issues in the medical world concerning the inducement of death and the prolonging of life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Moral Issues Surrounding the Right to Die
So much of our legal system is geared towards guaranteeing the right of people to live. But what about those who wish to die? This lesson explains the moral issues surrounding the right to die.
3. The Moral Issues of Taking a Human Life
Can you imagine taking another life? Hopefully, the answer is 'No,' outside of a very well-defined list of circumstances. In this lesson, we will examine some of those circumstances as well as how society perceives them.
4. Applying Moral Principles to the Issue of Suicide
This lesson discusses the moral principles and arguments surrounding suicide. In doing so, it focuses on the opinions of the famous philosophers Aquinas, Hume, and Socrates.
5. Killing in Defense of the Innocent: Definition & Arguments
Using a current example, this lesson explores arguments for and against killing in the defense of the innocent. In doing so, it also highlights the Moral Foundations Theory's views on care vs. harm.
6. Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments
In some societies, the ultimate punishment is to deprive someone of life. The methods used to do this, as well as the arguments for and against such action, are discussed in this lesson.
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Other chapters within the Philosophy 102: Ethics in America course
- Introduction to the Study of Morality
- Moral Belief Systems Overview
- Ancient Greek Views on Ethics & Philosophy
- Morality in Western Religion
- Natural & Moral Law Theories
- Consequentialist vs. Non-Consequentialist Philosophies
- Economic Inequality & Morality
- Philosophical Theories Behind the Justice System
- Moral & Ethical Issues in Peacetime vs. War
- Human Rights Ethics & Morals
- Ethical Issues in Relationships & Sexuality
- Bioethics Impact on Medicine & Morality
- Ethics & Morality in Business
- The Environment & Ethics