Lecture Notes - 072406 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 24, 2006...

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Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 24, 2006 Letting die is not “doing nothing” It is not true that in passive euthanasia the doctor doesn’t do anything to  bring about the patient’s death It is a type of action Decision (intentionality) Subject of moral appraisal Case of euthanasia is special: Death is a great evil, so it’s bad to cause death.  But if it has been decided  that passive euthanasia is desirable, it is because death is no greater evil  than the patient’s continued existence. Therefore, the usual reason for not wanting to be the causes of someone’s  death does not apply. 4. The most common argument in favor of the conventional doctrine in invalid.   AMA: Active euthanasia is illegal and “contrary to that for which the medical  profession stands” Passive euthanasia is approved However, there is no moral difference between active and passive euthanasia 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 304 taught by Professor Roddy during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Lecture Notes - 072406 - Katie Kerr PHL 304 July 24, 2006...

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