October 27, 2011
DEATH, OR BACKGROUND RE-READINGS FOR A COURSE NOT TAUGHT
F. M. Kamm, Creation and Abortion: A Study in Moral and Legal Philosophy ((New York & Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1992).
F. M. Kamm, Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm (New York & Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2007).
F. M. Kamm, Morality, Mortality, Volume I: Death and Whom to Save from It (New York & Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1993) ("Let me say first that I believe it is wrong to live one's life acting on each occasion with the aim of making one' life have a certain structure or be of a certain type. In deciding what to do, one has one motivation too many if one thinks of the structure of one's life. One must decide how to act on the merits of the acts one is contemplating; then, as a byproduct, one's life will have the 'structure' of, for example, sincerity or seriousness. It would be wrong not to engage in certain activities simply because one thinks they would disturb the so-called 'narrative structure' of one's life." "Yet I also believe that it is wrong not to care when one looks back at one's life as it was lived, from the outside so to speak, that it amounted to something good, that one produced a life of a certain sort by living it in the right way, acting for the right reason on each occasion. Preferring any small amount of future good life to such a product does imply not caring about the product." Id. at 31-32.).
F. M. Kamm, Morality, Mortality, Volume II: Rights, Duties, and Status (New York & Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 1996).