The Choice of Death

Joel Feinberg

in The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self

Published in print August 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059236
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869473 | DOI:
The Choice of Death

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The most important example of the influence of distraction or impairment on the voluntariness of consent is also the most difficult: the deliberate choice of one's own death made by a person who is incapable of killing, or unwilling to kill, himself. Feinberg devotes his chapter to the examination of the question of how the request for death made by an acutely suffering or depressed person can be voluntary enough for an enlightened criminal law to recognize it as ground for a kind of justified homicide.

Keywords: choice; death; euthanasia; suicide; voluntariness

Chapter.  14725 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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