CDZ Variation on "Thompson's Violinist" analogy with POLL

Discussion in 'Clean Debate Zone' started by Chuz Life, Apr 4, 2016.

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Would the person who connects themself to the child be obligated to remain connected to the child?

  1. Yes, they assumed the risk so they would be obligated to keep the child alive for the 9 months.

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  2. No, because (give your own explanation)

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    We agree that it (the poll and the OP) is a rhetorical question that has both moral and legal implications.

    However, you injected the part about "forcibly restraining" people and that is what I was objecting to. That's something that is not even being considered in the OP and that is what prompted my response.
     
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    Fair enough. I understand your response. It's fine. :)

    When you invited folks to explain their reasoning - I took that at face value, and of course doing so meant that my reasoning might encompass points not specifically mentioned or even thought of by you.

    My reasoning revolved around this specifically - if it is a legal obligation, required by law - there is usually a penalty of some sort for breaking that law. By what method is the obligation enforced, or, what is the punishment for breaking it? That may not have been your intent to address it, but obligation must be defined, as well as the penalty for not honoring that obligation. If none, then the obligation doesn't exist beyond ones conscience.

    Perhaps a clearer answer - no - if that obligation is enforced by physical restraint (ie incarceration) or carries criminal penalty.

    Morally? - absolutely yes.
     

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