Phil 2500 Notes 9-29

Phil 2500 Notes 9-29 - Phil 2500 Notes Sept 29, 2005...

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Phil 2500 Notes Sept 29, 2005 Euthanasia Active euthanasia: Killing – Something is given the patient which causes death (Lethal dosage Passive Euthanasia: where the patient is “allowed to die” (withholding or withdrawing life support) Voluntary Euthanasia: James Rachels Active and Passive Euthanasia Conventional doctrine: Voluntary passive euthanasia is morally and legally permissible Voluntary active euthanasia is not morally or legally permissible Is this conventional doctrine justifiable? Is killing any worse? Humanitarian Impulse The aim is to alleviate suffering in the life it seems that Passive euthanasia seems unjustifiable-if not downright cruel Active euthanasia seems humane Irrelevant Grounds Killing vs letting die Still – most think that killing someone is worse than letting them die. Is this justified? Case Study P70 Smith drowns six year old, makes it look like an accident so he can gain inheritance Jones (planning on drowning the child), see the child slip and hit his
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course PHIL 2500 taught by Professor Wilcox during the Spring '06 term at Utah State University.

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Phil 2500 Notes 9-29 - Phil 2500 Notes Sept 29, 2005...

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