Lecture Notes - 071906

Lecture Notes - 071906 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 Euthanasia...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 19, 2006 Euthanasia Active euthanasia: mercy killing of patients [euthanasia] Passive euthanasia: mercy allowing to die [withdrawing or withholding from life- sustaining treatment] Voluntary euthanasia: Patient gives consent Non-voluntary euthanasia: Patient cannot give consent Involuntary euthanasia: Against patient’s will or without the permission of a competent person Types of Euthanasia: - voluntary active * - non-voluntary active * - voluntary passive ^ - non-voluntary passive ^ * focus of the debate ^ morally acceptable Physician assisted suicide Suicide: intentional termination of one’s own life Morality of suicide Rationality of suicide Irrationality of suicide
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Physician assistance: - Providing information about how to commit suicide in an effective  method - Providing the means necessary for an effective suicide (prescription for  a lethal amount of medication) Unlike active euthanasia, it is patient who ultimately kills himself
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