Moral Principles

For each of the following passages, add a moral premise to turn it into a valid moral argument.

1) Noah promised to drive Thelma to Los Angeles, so he should stop bellyaching and do it.

2) The refugees were shot at and lied to, and the authorities did nothing to stop any of this. The authorities should have intervened.

3) There was never any imminent threat from the Iraqi government, so the U.S. should not have invaded Iraq.

4) The Indian government posed an imminent threat to Pakistan and the world, so the Pakistanis were justified in attacking Indian troops.

5) Burton used a gun in the commission of a crime; therefore he should get a long prison term.

6) Ellen knew that a murder was going to take place. It was her duty to try to stop it.

7) Ahmed should never have allowed his daughter to receive in vitro fertilization. Such a procedure is unnatural.

8) The doctors performed the experiment on twenty patients without their consent. Obviously, that was wrong.

9) What you did was immoral. You hacked into a database containing personal information on thousands of people and invaded their privacy.

10) Ling spent all day weeding Mrs. Black’s garden for no pay. The least Mrs. Black should do is let Ling borrow some gardening tools

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