Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses why euthanasia presents a moral dilemma for physicians. It shows that trying to distinguish between active and passive euthanasia in any of the following four ways: (1) acts versus omissions, (2) withholding versus withdrawing, (3) ordinary care versus extraordinary care, or (4) whether death is due to natural causes, does not work. It then shows that using the distinction between patient requests and patient refusals does provide an adequate way to make this distinction. It provides an analysis of killing and discusses the Supreme Court decision concerning assisted suicide.

Keywords: death; acts; omissions; withholding; withdrawing; natural causes; requests; refusals; killing; assisted suicide

Chapter.  19019 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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