ethics7 - The reason Rachels tells us the stories about...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
HW 7 Active euthanasia is when you do something to kill someone, such as giving them a lethal injection. Passive euthanasia is when you allow someone to die, such as no longer giving them medical treatment. Rachel’s main conclusion is that although people seem to think active euthanasia is very wrong morally, in many cases passive euthanasia is actually less humane and more painful for the person. It can make their death more drawn out and physically painful.
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: The reason Rachels tells us the stories about Smith and Jones is because they are two very similar stories with the one difference being the persons role in the death. With these stories Rachels is trying to show us that even though Smith was directly involved in the death and Jones just watched it we feel that they both did something equally wrong and immoral. This can be used as a comparison between active and passive euthanasia....
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Lebowitz during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

Ask a homework question - tutors are online