PHI 306 EC Ch24 - Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 24...

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Lauren Napolitano Extra Credit Ch 24 Active and Passive Euthanasia: An Impertinent Distinction? 1.) Does Sullivan agree or disagree with Rachels’ view of the relationship of the two types of euthanasia with respect to their justifiable use? That is, does Sullivan agree or disagree that if passive euthanasia is justifiable then active euthanasia is also? Sullivan agrees with Rachels’ view of the relationship of the two types of euthanasia with respect to their justifiable use. Sullivan adds that Rachels’ view endorses a questionable moral distinction between killing and letting die, which, if accepted, leads to indefensible medical decisions. Sullivan also says that it is true that if someone is trying to bring about the death of another, then it makes little difference from the moral point of view if it is achieved by action or by malevolent omission. However, Sullivan says that this does not lead us to reject the AMA doctrine, as the distinction between active and passive euthanasia is morally irrelevant.
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