James Rachels’ Euthanasia

James Rachels’ Euthanasia - Looks at case...

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James Rachels’ “Active and Passive Euthanasia” In medicine today, it’s permissible to let die rather than kill. Considers throat  cancer case where withholding treatment may prolong one’s death, rather than  end it shortly to avoid pain. Infection and dehydration can take several days.  Considers case of infant where parents deny surgical intervention. 
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Unformatted text preview: Looks at case of Jones who inherits money if his cousin dies, and lets child drown in tub. Smith (same situation) but kills cousin for money. Neither is morally permissible, neither is worse than the other. ∴ Passive Euthanasia is no better than Active Euthanasia....
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