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Three logical distinctions in decision-making

Fiona Randall and R. S. Downie

in End of Life Choices

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547333
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0003
Three logical distinctions in decision-making

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This chapter examines the three logical distinctions with ethical significance which are of considerable importance in clinical decision-making in end of life care. They are the distinctions between intending and foreseeing a consequence, between acts and omissions, and between killing and letting die. Analysis reveals that while letting die is permitted in certain circumstances, killing is prohibited.

Keywords: consequences; foresight; acts; omissions; letting die; killing; medical ethics

Chapter.  5020 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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