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Unformatted text preview: Current Moral Problems Lecture February 27 Killing and Allowing to Die: Is There An Ethically Significant Difference? Daniel Callahan: Killing and Allowing to Die Three Perspectives on Nature and Human Action Metaphysical Moral Medical The Metaphysical Perspective There is a distinction between the self and nature or the external world Humans cannot control everything in nature, which has its own independent causal dynamism. Death is a natural process beyond human control. Attempts to prevent death in dying patients are misguided efforts to exercise complete control over nature. Killing patients rather than waiting for them to die is another kind of misguided effort to exercise complete control over nature. The Moral Perspective When a physician kills a patient (e.g., by administering a lethal injection), the doctor is the physical cause...
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