Response to a Tragic and Difficult Issue
In view of this tragic circumstance, and the moral obligation here is an extremely difficult decision to compose. Having to rethink the entire two decades of written material incontestably was powerful and challenging. I struggle to imagine what Ms. Wolf must have been going thru, as it brings tears to my eyes. Having your father (although I never had one) relying on you for terminal decisions about his life says a lot about the closeness father and daughter experienced. This closeness makes her moral position even more difficult. Rationalism, heart ache, turmoil, empathy, and emptiness are easily apparent in that you want to do what is realistically correct for that certain situation but just what is the correct and ethical sound answer?
Growing up I had no parents (a different type of tragedy) my heart goes out to the anguish that both parties endured. The consequentialism of Ms. Wolf’s decisions having empathy of her father’s experience of which the pestilence invading her father’s physical body she gives recompense in any way possible within her own beliefs and values. Deciding a loved one’s providence is not a circumstance that is easy to fathom. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy tells us…
Deontology falls within the domain of moral theories that guide and assess our choices of what we ought to do (deontic theories), in contrast to (aretaic [virtue] theories) that — fundamentally, at least — guide and assess what kind of person (in terms of character traits) we are and should be.
The deontology, of this tragedy delivers an impact carrying with it a life changing consequence. As I put myself in place of Susan Wolf, using any one of my own children (I have four) in place of her father, I find the utilitarian relativism of events to be extremely difficult. As (Mosser, K. 2010) states… ‘Indeed regardless, of the view one adopts---utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, or even one of the more contemporary alternatives to these—the debate will still continue’ The moral obligation or deontology and the consequentialism of those decisions is extreme at best.
At the same time radical or pyrrhonists skepticism claims nothing can be certain (Mosser, K. 2010) then the moral obligation I would regard as a rational utilitarian empiric view, with which the importance of my decision is for the greater good of all involved; in reference to my beliefs that is acted on by my own set of values; because he is her father, a friend and at one time a savvy lawyer in his practice, loved by others in the community. She states that he does not believe in the ‘afterlife’ and remembers him as sometimes forceful or intimidating as Susan was growing up which gives claim that he has a strong mind and strong will, possibly even stubborn.
Never the less, I certainly would be morally obligated in...