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Ben Bronner
Georgetown University
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According to the Standard View, a doctor who withdraws life-sustaining treatment does not kill the patient but rather allows the patient to die—an important distinction, according to some. I argue that killing can be understood in either of two ways, and given the relevant understanding, the Standard View is insulated from typical criticisms. I conclude by noting several problems for the Standard View that remain to be fully addressed.
Keywords death  euthanasia  killing  letting die  withdrawing life-sustaining treatment
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DOI 10.1093/jmp/jhx029
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