Judith Jarvis Thomson Essays and Term Papers

  • Judith Jarvis Thomson: a Defense of Abortion

    Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Defense of Abortion – CRITICAL EXPOSITION The goal of Judith Jarvis Thomson in her defense of abortion is to sway the ideas of those who are against abortion by challenging the arguments they give for thinking so. She begins by stating a premise. “For the sake of the argument”...

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  • Violinist Argument

     Judith Jarvis Thomson: A Violinist Argument In Judith Jarvis Thomson’s In Defense of Abortion argument, she provides us with an analogy where a victim was forced to sustain a stranger’s life and now has a choice whether or not to continue in the situation. The argument is used to compare the...

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  • Judith Jarvis Thomson's Defence on Abortion

    Judith Jarvis Thomson's defence on abortion Most arguments concerning the abortion issue hinge on the moral status or standing of the fetus with respect to the rights it possesses and the obligations that are directly owed to it. These arguments typically fall into two commonly termed categories:...

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  • Should Abortion Be Permissible?

    and Judith Jarvis Thomson’s article defending abortion. I have always had a very strong opinion on abortion and Judith Jarvis Thomson has only helped solidify my argument. Although Don Marquis presents some very powerful and reasonable arguments against abortion, I will argue that Judith Jarvis Thomson’s...

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  • ethical dillemas

    Effect in Virtues and Vices (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1978). It has been elaborated on by Judith Jarvis Thomson, Killing, Letting Die, and the Trolley Problem, 59 The Monist 204-17 (1976) and Judith Jarvis Thomson, The Trolley Problem, 94 Yale Law Journal 1395-1415 (1985). Modified from Wikipedia, http://en...

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  • Why Abortion Is Immoral

    that have to make a choice and with the decision she makes. Another argument about morality and abortion would be by Judith Jarvis Thomson. In her argument, Judith Jarvis Thomson assumes that the fetus(and embryo and zygote) is “an innocent human being, a person, from the moment of conception.” She...

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  • Against Abortion

     “A Defense of Abortion” Premise Judith Jarvis Thomson attempts to defend the issues of apportion. She begins by explaining her basic argument that the premise of a human embryo is in fact a person. She defends this statement by stating that by the tenth week of pregnancy, the baby already has its...

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  • When, if ever, is it morally permissible to kill in self defence?

    is morally permissible to kill in self defence, and, in order to support my views, I will use ‘thought experiments’ from other philosophers such as Thomson, who puts across scenarios where there is an aggressor or a threat against your life (these titles will be clarified later). I will also use my own...

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  • Abortion: One of the Most Controversial Topics Today

    pro-life. "A Defense of Abortion" by Judith Jarvis Thomson In 1971, Judith Jarvis Thomson, a philosopher, wrote a unique and well-known essay about her views on abortion. Unlike most people who are pro-choice advocates for a mother's rights, Thomson agrees that conception is the start of a life...

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  • Abortion Debate

    I will state the arguments of Judith Jarvis Thomson who says that in some cases, abortion is morally justified. To counteract her arguments I will state the arguments of Don Marquis who says that abortions are immoral in almost all circumstances. Judith Jarvis Thomson is an American philosopher who...

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  • Defending the Moral Permissibility of Abortion

    abortion. Before I go into my reasoning, I will discuss a notable view on this matter from a paper titled “A Defense of Abortion” written by Judith Jarvis Thomson. I will use both Thomson’s view and my view to judge an abortion case of a mother named Julie. Julie became pregnant by engaging in a voluntary...

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  • The Abortion Issue

    the moment of conception. Some argue that the unborn fetus has a right to its mother's body if that woman voluntarily indulges in intercourse (Jarvis Thomson, p.405). They argue that when the women engages in sexual intercourse she is fully aware of the consequences and the possibility that she might...

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  • Abortion: Moral Problems in Contemporary Life

    the most widely controversial issues that exist in all societies. In this essay I will analyze two different viewpoints. One opinion is from Judith Jarvis Thomson who is a professor of philosophy at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. In the other side from Serrin M. Foster who is the president...

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  • Abortion

    correct to have abortion based on certain circumstances of the parent of the unborn child. Using views of Don Marquis who is against abortion and Judith Jarvis Thomson who is for abortion, I will explain there views and break down my meaning of why abortion is morally correct. Don Marquis, philosopher against...

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  • goodwill

    Philosophy 304 Sample Questions 1. What does Judith Jarvis Thomson find to be mistaken in the conservative position regarding abortion? Describe thoroughly the analogies she uses to make her case. 1. Judith Jarvis Thomson: Finds the conservative position to be mistaken regarding abortion. ...

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  • Instruction

    essay we will take a look at philosophical theories of Judith Thompson “A defense of Abortion”, an advocate of abortion and Don Marquis, “Why Abortion is Immoral” an enthusiast of the immorality of abortion. The Author Judith Jarvis Thomson article was based on “A defense of Abortion”. Thomas...

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  • Abortion: The Morality Behind a Very Controversial Topic

    even plays a role in deciding whether abortion is morally permissible. Following, I will use Don Marquis’s excerpt, Why Abortion is Immoral, and Judith Jarvis Thomson’s article, A Defense of Abortion, to provide evidence as to why I believe each individual case of abortion is unique to whether or not it...

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  • Judith Thomson

    In this paper, Thomson argues on the basis of the violinist thought experiment that "the right to life consists not in the right not to be killed, but rather in the right not to be killed unjustly". Therefore, to show that abortion is morally impermissible, "it is by no means enough to show that the...

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  • Abortion- a philosophical overview

    (presence of brain waves). The bodily rights argument According to Judith Jarvis Thomson who argues that abortion is sometimes permissible, even if the fetus has a right to Life. She uses a thought experiment which goes thus “Imagine, Thomson says, that you wake up in bed next to a famous violinist. He is...

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  • Ethics

    never does.’ Since the question is asking if there is always a moral distinction, pairs of examples cannot be used as justification. Judith Jarvis Thomson suggests7 another interesting analysis that may shed some light on our intuitions about the previously mentioned cases. Similarly to Quinn...

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