Jeff McMahan

in The Ethics of Killing

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195079982
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833443 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series


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Argues that we must have two concepts of death – the death or ceasing to exist of the person and the death of the human organism. Brain death is not the proper criterion for either of these. Persistent vegetative state involves the death or ceasing to exist of the person, even though the human organism continues to live. This chapter also defends the permissibility of assisted suicide and euthanasia in a broad range of cases and concludes by discussing the authority of advance directives in cases involving dementia.

Keywords: advance directives; assisted suicide; brain death; death; dementia; euthanasia; persistent vegetative state

Chapter.  51665 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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