I am still two weeks ahead of the schedule, so I managed to submit TMA03 on Friday ahead of going full-time with my studies and was able to start book 4 of the philosophy course. This books is titled “The Value of Life” and week 1 was looking at whether life is sacred, and if so why.
I’m going to have to say that I agree with Peter Singer on this one, that people indulge in a form of species-ism when they state that (specifically human) life is sacred, since if you are looking at it from a capabilities viewpoint then there are plenty of humans that fail to meet the thresholds that can be set and plenty of non-humans that meet them. I think it is one of those tricky cases where your gut is telling you one thing (that you are special and unique), but you can’t back it up in a logically coherent manner. This is a good example of why instincts should not be a guide for philosophy without the application of reflection and thorough interrogation.
I start the cognitive psychology course tomorrow.