Philosophers' Views On Abortion Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Philosophers' Views On Abortion
Speculates that Aristotle and Plato would likely have been opposed to abortion as not morally permissible.
# 24160 | 900 words | 2 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 13, 2003 in Philosophy (Ethics) , Hot Topics (Abortion) , Ethics (General)


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Speculates that Aristotle and Plato would likely have been opposed to abortion as not morally permissible. Discusses the ethical arguments of Aristotle, and his moral philosophy: good of the individual vs. good of the community. Plato's moral philosophy. His emphasis on community over the individual. What determines moral and just acts. Role of the State.

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"Both Plato and Aristotle would likely be opposed to abortion, based on The Republic and Nicomachean Ethics, respectively. There are ideas in Aristotle's ethical arguments which might allow more leeway for the act of abortion than is found in Plato, but in general the great weight of both philosophers' arguments would seem to be against abortion as not morally permissible.
Neither man discussed abortion directly, which makes this study speculative. Considering Aristotle's golden mean, and his greater emphasis on freedom for the individual as opposed to the power of the state, one might find room for some behavior which would not be permissible in the more strict moral world of Plato as described by Socrates. In addition, a feature of Aristotle's moral philosophy is the tenet that every individual believes his..."

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