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Medically Assisted Dying

Robert Young

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0042
Medically Assisted Dying

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Although a few noteworthy philosophical contributions were made in the middle of the last century to the debate about the moral and legal permissibility of physician-assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia, and nonvoluntary euthanasia, the intensity of the debate within philosophical (and other) forums has risen dramatically since the late 1970s. This article will cover both the moral permissibility of medically assisted dying and the distinct issue of whether it should be legalized. The focus will be on works of philosophical significance, except for one section on key empirical studies of legalized medically assisted dying in the Netherlands and Oregon. Restrictions on the number of sources have resulted in many worthy philosophical, medical, legal, and more popular publications not being included.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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