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'slippery slope'

Medical ethics An ethical continuum or 'slope,' the impact of which has been incompletely explored, and which itself raises moral questions that are even more on the ethical 'edge' than the original issue
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One kind of slippery-slope argument should not be considered to
the distinction can be made, and the slippery-slope argument is weaker
One of the greatest problems with the slippery-slope argument is that it is "a convenient way of warning of the dire effects of some course of action without actually having to criticize the action itself, which is what makes it a favorite ploy of hypocrites." (127) Thus, although many may agree that it is fair for employers to consider the increased costs incumbent in hiring or retaining employees who smoke, those same people might oppose employment consideration of smoking because they oppose employer scrutiny of how many eggs employees eat or how many beers employees drink in one week.
The slippery-slope argument neatly meshes with the privacy argument.
By offering a bad slippery-slope argument and caricatures of personalism, Kraynak avoids confronting personalism's metaphysical arguments.
There is an air of sleight-of-hand about this conclusion that is heightened further by Walton's use of a slippery-slope argument to support it.
Opponents of the policy offer a slippery-slope argument not to refute the proposed policy as hopelessly flawed but instead to shift the burden of proof back to the proponents of the new policy.
In the article, the college administrators presented the old slippery-slope argument: Today, Russo's group objects to a film; tomorrow, it might find a history or sociology course morally offensive.
Many people mock slippery-slope arguments. Yet they're easier to understand when you're on the slope sliding down to who knows what.
Second, under the New Hampshire statute anyone can participate in the pool, and there will be no slippery-slope arguments about who has "managerial responsibility," as under the Massachusetts statute, or who is an "agent of the company," as under the California statute
This argument shares a common conceptual structure with other members of a class known as slippery-slope arguments. "Slippery slopers" argue against action or practice A, not because A is, itself, unacceptable or undesirable but because doing A will lead to a consequent action or event B, and B is unacceptable or undesirable.
All right, I know, slippery-slope arguments are not philosophically elegant, but they do carry force in practical affairs.