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Old 10th September 2008, 08:53 PM
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1. Intention - to save the lives of his four comrades = good

2. Object of intention - throwing himself on a grenade to take the damage = bad

3. Circumstances - one death vs. four lives saved = good

If the second font is bad, then technically the act should be immoral, but since the third and first fonts are good, i.e. he did not willingly throw himself on the grenade to selfishly end his own life but to save the lives of four others, so I would think the act was moral?

(I still have some work to do on this).

The first font is good.

The second font is good, since he is acting to protect his comrades from the explosion with his body. The harm done to him is not moral evil, but only physical evil (i.e. harm).

The third font is good.

All three fonts must be good for the overall act to be good.

Whenever the second font is bad, the act itself is intrinsically evil and always immoral. Thus the second font is the nature of the act itself, i.e. whether the act itself is inherently ordered in accord with the will and nature of God.
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Old 18th August 2010, 06:55 AM
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Ron,

how will you apply the three fonts of morality here.

1. Mother is dying because of pregnancy.
2. Mother refused direct abortion.
3. Both the Mother and child dies

did she choose euthanasia then or suicide?

1. Mother is dying and unconcious because of pregnancy.
2. her husband refused direct abortion.
3. both Mother and child dies.

is her husband guilty of their death?
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Old 18th August 2010, 11:57 AM
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Ron,

how will you apply the three fonts of morality here.

1. Mother is dying because of pregnancy.
2. Mother refused direct abortion.
3. Both the Mother and child dies

did she choose euthanasia then or suicide?

1. Mother is dying and unconcious because of pregnancy.
2. her husband refused direct abortion.
3. both Mother and child dies.

is her husband guilty of their death?

The moral analysis is essentially the same in both cases.

intention: to do whatever can morally be done to save both lives, but without sin

moral object: the moral object of direct abortion is the direct and deliberate killing of an innocent person, so the act of direct abortion cannot be done.

the moral object of choosing to refrain from acting is to avoid sin

circumstances: the circumstances can never justify the intrinsically evil act of direct abortion, so the act cannot be done

the circumstances do not provide any opportunity to save the life of the mother and the prenatal, and so their deaths are not a result of sin.
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