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By Rob Lovering

Why does American legislations permit the leisure use of a few medicinal drugs, corresponding to alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, yet now not others, akin to marijuana, cocaine, and heroin? the reply lies no longer 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 figure the explanations they've got for deeming the leisure use of (some) medications morally flawed. during this booklet, Rob Lovering lays out and dissects numerous arguments for the immorality of utilizing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and different medicinal drugs recreationally. He contends that, normally, 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 publication is a vital and well timed contribution to the controversy at the leisure use of drugs.

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A Moral Defense of Recreational Drug Use

Why does American legislations enable the leisure use of a few medicines, similar to alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine, yet now not others, reminiscent of marijuana, cocaine, and heroin? the reply lies no longer easily within the damage using those medications could reason, yet within the perceived morality--or lack thereof--of their leisure use.

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What differentiates one nonreligious argument from another, then, is the activity as well as the nonreligious claim(s) on which it depends. With this in mind, consider an argument addressed in Chapter 4: (1) By using drugs recreationally, the user degrades himself or herself. (2) If, by using drugs recreationally, the user degrades himself or herself, then recreational drug use is wrong. (3) Therefore, recreational drug use is wrong. ”63 Harm-based arguments for the wrongness of an activity move from a claim about a harm the activity involves to a claim about the wrongness of the activity.

All this to say, even if eating highly unhealthy food is generally unhealthy for the agent, this does not seem to render it wrong or even likely to be.

For present purposes, what makes a nonreligious claim a nonreligious claim is simply the fact that it does not make any religious claims. Nonreligious arguments may be stated formally as follows, with X standing for an activity and N standing for a nonreligious claim: 20 A MORAL DEFENSE OF RECREATIONAL DRUG USE (1) N. (2) If N, then X is wrong. (3) Therefore, X is wrong. What differentiates one nonreligious argument from another, then, is the activity as well as the nonreligious claim(s) on which it depends.

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