Hi guys! I couldn't seem to find a philosophy thread anywhere and I love anything philosophical. If there is one, could someone please link me it? And if there isn't one, would anyone be up for/like to start a thread called something like 'Philosophical Stuff' or even have a club for it? I've already made two threads since I started posting again (one which wasn't serious though) so I would feel weird making another, especially if it isn't allowed.
Anyhow, I am almost done my philosophy paper, and it's discussing whether alcoholics should be eligible or not eligible for liver transplantation.
Here is what I am essentially working with: "First, alcoholics are morally blameworthy, their condition is the result of their own misconduct; such blameworthiness disqualifies alcoholics in unavoidable competition for organs with others who are equally sick but blameless. Second, because of their habits alcoholics will not exhibit satisfactory rates of survival after transplantation; god stewardship of a scarce lifesaving resources therefor requires that alcoholics not be considered for liver transplantation."
The columnist Carl Choen from Ann Arbor, MI, USA wrote an article going against those two arguments in a moral and medical standpoint, and I agree with him completely. The article is about three pages in length, so if anyone is up for a read, here it is in PDF form:
My opinion morally: We don't deny smoker's the right to certain transplantations, so why should alcoholics be denied? The lifestyle isn't healthy but if someone is on a wait list for an organ for years, they shouldn't be denied. They could suffer from this addiction due to multiple reasons, and since it is so socially unacceptable to be an alcoholic, the individual could have felt ashamed to seek help.
Medically: It is still being debated whether alcoholism is a self inflicted addiction or if it could qualify under the DSM5 mental illness handbook, or even a type of disease. The issue is so common and affects every one in ten American families drastically. Someone who has a high form of cancer could just as easily reject the liver as much as an alcoholic could.
My overall opinion: I believe that alcoholics shouldn't be denied the right to their life and should be given a chance to have a liver transplantation, but I believe immediate rehabilitation should be granted as well, so the individual could make a physical and mental recovery smoothly.
If anyone actually took the time to read this, please let me know what you think down below. If people actually enjoyed talking about this, maybe I could do a number two!