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Introduction

Guenter Lewy

in Assisted Death in Europe and America: Four Regimes and Their Lessons

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199746415
eISBN:
9780199866151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746415.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introductory chapter reviews the US Supreme Court's decisions regarding the refusal of unwanted medical treatment and the states' right to legalize assisted death. As of the time of writing, ... More


Scope

Shaun Nichols

in Rational Rules: Towards a Theory of Moral Learning

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198869153
eISBN:
9780191905667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198869153.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Commonsense, as well as experimental psychology, indicates that there are subtle distinctions in the normative domain. Many people, both adults and children, think that it’s worse to produce a bad ... More


Three Bold Conjectures

Torbjörn Tännsjö

in Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190225575
eISBN:
9780190225605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Three ethical theories, to be tested in relation to killing, are characterized: deontology, a libertarian moral rights theory, and utilitarianism. The idea is to find the best versions of each one in ... More


The Trolley Cases

Torbjörn Tännsjö

in Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190225575
eISBN:
9780190225605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter goes in search of thought experiments that elicit a consistent pattern of responses, irrespective of one’s traditions or cultural background. Since it is believed that the three standard ... More


Assisted Death

Torbjörn Tännsjö

in Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190225575
eISBN:
9780190225605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter defines assisted death as an active and intentional killing of a person suffering from a terminal and painful disease in order to spare this person further suffering. According to ... More


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