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Exam Death - “kill” it Death-Some may think death is...

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Study Guide- Death Active and Passive Euthanasia - The conventional doctrine consists of 4 parts 1) Active euthanasia is in many cases more humane than passive euthanasia 2) Conventional doctrine leads to decisions concerning life and death on irrelevant grounds 3) Doctrine rests on a distinction between killing and letting die that itself has no moral importance 4) Most common arguments in favor of the doctrine are invalid - Distinction between active and passive euthanasia is thought to be crucial for medical ethics - Idea is that it is permissible to withhold treatment and allow a patient to die, but it is never permissible to take any direct action designed to kill the patient - Once the initial decision not to prolong his agony has been made active euthanasia is actually preferable to passive euthanasia - The idea that when there is an intestinal blockage, one can “let the baby die” but when there is no such defect there is nothing that can be done, for one must not
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Unformatted text preview: “kill” it Death-Some may think death is dreadful, others have no objections though they may hope their own will be neither premature nor painful-Clearly if death is an evil at all, it cannot be because of its positive features, but only because of what is deprives us of -Most of us would not regard the temporary suspension of life, as in itself a misfortune -None of us existed before we were born but few regarded that as a misfortune -3 types of problems: 1) doubt may be raised whether anything can be bad for a man without being positively unpleasant to him 2) there are special difficulties, in the case of death, about how the supposed misfortune is to be assigned to a subject at all 3) asymmetry between our attitudes to posthumous and prenatal nonexistence -Objections to counting death as an evil: 1) what you don’t know can’t hurt you 2)...
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