David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Applied Philosophy 23 (4):387–404 (2006)
Debate about physician-assisted suicide has typically focused on the values of autonomy and patient well-being. Margaret Battin, Rosamond Rhodes and Anita Silvers note that both those in favour of legalizing physician-assisted suicide and those who want this activity to be legally prohibited claim these values in support of their case. This is understandable, even reasonable, given the importance of these values in bioethics. However, these are not the only moral values there are. The purpose of this paper is to examine physician-assisted suicide on the basis of the values of equality and justice. In particular, I evaluate two arguments that invoke equality, one in favour of physician-assisted suicide, one against it, and I argue that a convincing equality-based argument in support of physician-assisted suicide is available. I conclude by showing how an equality-based perspective transforms some secondary features of debate about this issue.
|Keywords||euthanasia physician-assisted suicide equality|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Stephen Holland (2009). Public Health Paternalism—a Response to Nys. Public Health Ethics 2 (3):285-293.
Andrew Sneddon (2009). Consent and the Acquisition of Organs for Transplantation. HEC Forum 21 (1):55-69.
Similar books and articles
Michael B. Gill (2009). Is the Legalization of Physician-Assisted Suicide Compatible with Good End-of-Life Care? Journal of Applied Philosophy 26 (1):27-45.
Susan R. Martyn & Henry J. Bourguignon, Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Supreme Court's Wary Rejection.
Craig Paterson (2009). A History of Ideas Concerning the Morality of Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia. In Rajitha Tadikonda (ed.), Physician Assisted Euthanasia. Icfai University Press.
Richard Momeyer (1995). Does Physician Assisted Suicide Violate the Integrity of Medicine? Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):13-24.
Kevin WM Wildes (1993). Conscience, Referral, and Physician Assisted Suicide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (3):323-328.
Susan R. Martyn & Henry J. Bourguignon, Physician's Decisions About Patient Capacity: The Trojan Horse of Physician-Assisted Suicide.
Manne Sjöstrand, Gert Helgesson, Stefan Eriksson & Niklas Juth (2013). Autonomy-Based Arguments Against Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A Critique. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16 (2):225-230.
Perry A. Pugno (2004). One Physician's Perspective: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. [REVIEW] Health Care Analysis 12 (3):215-223.
Diane Christine Raymond (1999). &Quot;fatal Practices&Quot;: A Feminist Analysis of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Hypatia 14 (2):1-25.
Bert Gordijn & Rien Janssens (2001). New Developments in Dutch Legislation Concerning Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (3):299 – 309.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads83 ( #15,855 of 1,102,718 )
Recent downloads (6 months)11 ( #18,253 of 1,102,718 )
How can I increase my downloads?