Ch 34: Issues of Morality in Life & Death

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Explore the topics that are related to and affect morality, life and death. The lessons in this chapter are available through easy-to-watch and short videos. Lesson quizzes assess students' grasp of the concepts discussed by our instructors.

Issues of Morality in Life & Death - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This multifaceted chapter addresses a variety of topics that impact life and death. Students will dig deep into moral and immoral issues that may affect one's own personal views. They will gain an understanding of ethics, morality, abortion and capital punishment.

Lasting just a few minutes, our engaging videos use a variety of examples to explain major points. They contain tags for quick review of key concepts, and the lessons also come with transcripts and quizzes. After completing this chapter, students will learn:

  • Types of capital punishment
  • The meaning of 'kill in defense'
  • Principles of individual freedom
  • The moral issues involved with suicide

Video Objective
Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions Examine life and death situations, including euthanasia, mercy killing, brain death and persistent vegetative state.
Moral Issues Surrounding the Right to Die Explore the moral justification of allowing someone to die; learn about alternative paths to death, such as living wills.
The Moral Issues of Taking a Human Life Apply moral principles to the act of taking a life.
Applying Moral Principles to the Issue of Suicide Learn the definition of suicide and the moral issues associated with it.
Killing in Defense of the Innocent: Definition & Arguments Discover the meaning of 'kill in defense of the innocent' and examine the pros and cons.
Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments Understand capital punishment, learn about the forms and study the morality of applying it.

8 Lessons in Chapter 34: Issues of Morality in Life & Death
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Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions

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.

Moral Issues Surrounding the Right to Die

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.

The Moral Issues of Taking a Human Life

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.

Applying Moral Principles to the Issue of Suicide

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.

Killing in Defense of the Innocent: Definition & Arguments

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.

Capital Punishment: Definition, Forms & Moral Arguments

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.

The History of Abortion Law in the United States

7. The History of Abortion Law in the United States

Once illegal in every state, abortions are now legal everywhere in the United States. However, abortion is a controversial political issue, and abortion laws differ greatly depending on what part of the country in which a woman is located.

Principles & Conflicts of Contemporary Abortion Arguments

8. Principles & Conflicts of Contemporary Abortion Arguments

In this lesson, explore several different arguments surrounding the very sensitive debate on abortion, and discover how each is supported and defended. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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