Study Guide 3 - Phil 164H: Medical Ethics Study Guide: Exam...

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Phil 164H: Medical Ethics 12/11/07 Study Guide: Exam #3 I. Medical Decisions at the End of Life A. Definitions 1. Four definitions of death 2. Killing vs. letting die 3. Six forms of euthanasia 4. Glannon’s definition of ‘medical futility’ 5. Feldman’s four definitions of ‘playing God’ B. Short Answer/Multiple Choice 1. Explain the problem of finding an adequate definition of death that appeals (at once) to citizens’, clinicians’, and academics’ interests. 2. Do you think there is any intrinsic morally significant distinction between killing and letting die? What does James Rachels think? Explain his Smith/Jones case to illustrate his view. What features of an action does Rachels think determine its moral status? What implications does this view have for the morality of killing and the morality of letting die? 3. What is the AMA’s policy regarding active and passive euthanasia? What is Rachels’ argument for the conclusion that in many cases it would be morally permissible to actively, voluntarily euthanize terminally ill patients?
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Study Guide 3 - Phil 164H: Medical Ethics Study Guide: Exam...

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