Reading 9 James Rachels Active and Passive Euthanasia

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Discussion: 1. Active euthanasia is directly killing someone and passive euthanasia is letting someone die by not doing anything. 2. Being allowed to die is worse, since the person experiences more suffering. 3. The second argument is that the conventional doctrine leads to decisions concerning life and death made on irrelevant grounds.
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Unformatted text preview: For instance, letting a baby with down syndrome die when it has intestinal obstruction and letting it live when it doesnt. 4. Killing is not worse than letting die if it is done to ease the suffering a person goes through and make their death comfortable and painless....
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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