Re: virus: Real ethics

Tim Rhodes (
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 13:39:02 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 12 Nov 1997, David McFadzean wrote:

> At 11:10 PM 11/11/97 -0800, Tim Rhodes wrote:
> >And fetuses have no correlation to "Do other people exist?" either. But
> >the real world seems to keep missing these subtle distinctions that you
> >and I are able to perceive.
> You still haven't explained what fetuses and flak jackets have to
> do with whether other people exist. Why not?

I thought it seemed obvious in the context it was uttered. Sorry,
"nothing is obvious." Do people exist? Depends on how you define
"people". Are fetuses "people"? Is it okay to kill "people"? Are the
ones who kill fetuses "people"? Is it okay yo kill some "non-people" so
other "people" can live?

-Prof. Tim