New PDF release: A Moral Defense of Recreational Drug Use

By Rob Lovering

ISBN-10: 1137528680

ISBN-13: 9781137528681

ISBN-10: 1349552496

ISBN-13: 9781349552498

Why does American legislation enable the leisure use of a few medicinal drugs, reminiscent of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, yet no longer others, resembling marijuana, cocaine, and heroin? the reply lies now not easily within the damage using those medications could reason, yet within the perceived morality--or lack thereof--of their leisure use. regardless of robust rhetoric from ethical critics of leisure drug use, although, it truly is strangely tough to determine the explanations they've got for deeming the leisure use of (some) medicinal drugs morally mistaken. during this e-book, Rob Lovering lays out and dissects numerous arguments for the immorality of utilizing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and different medications recreationally. He contends that, generally, those arguments don't prevail. Lovering's booklet represents one of many first works to systematically current, learn, and critique arguments for the ethical wrongness of leisure drug use. Given this, in addition to the recognition of the morality-based protection of the U.S.' drug legislation, this booklet is a vital and well timed contribution to the controversy at the leisure use of drugs.

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Difficulties with Harm-Based Arguments With the preceding argument for the moral permissibility of recreational drug use in mind, let us now turn our attention to arguments against recreational drug use, starting with self-regarding harm-based arguments. I begin with three important caveats pertaining to difficulties with harmbased arguments against recreational drug use, both self-regarding as well as other-regarding. The first difficulty with harm-based arguments is that the claim that recreational drug use is harmful is ambiguous.

Methylcarbonol, known by its street name “wiz,” is a clear liquid that causes cancer, liver problems, and brain disease, and is more toxic than ecstasy and cocaine. Addiction can occur after just one drink, and addicts will go to any lengths to get their next INTRODUCTION 23 fix—even letting their kids go hungry or beating up their partners to obtain money. Casual users can go into blind rages when they’re high, and police have reported a huge increase in crime where the drug is being used. Worst of all, drink companies are adding “wiz” to fizzy drinks and advertising them to kids like they’re plain Coca-Cola.

One could even reply that one simply does not care about the possibility of losing these things. ” After all, one risks losing one’s family and friends and money and future by doing lots of things—riding motorcycles, for instance—but no one is spending large amounts of money to have kitchens destroyed, as it were, in an attempt to dissuade people from doing such things. These considerations indicate to me that more than the prudential sense of “should” is at work—that is, they indicate to me that the Partnership for a Drug-Free America is appealing to more than mere prudence.

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