Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (5):306-309 (2010)

Authors
Abstract
David Shaw presents a new argument to support the old claim that there is not a significant moral difference between killing and letting die and, by implication, between active and passive euthanasia. He concludes that doctors should not make a distinction between them. However, whether or not killing and letting die are morally equivalent is not as important a question as he suggests. One can justify legal distinctions on non-moral grounds. One might oppose physician- assisted suicide and active euthanasia when performed by doctors on patients whether or not one is in favour of the legalisation of assisted suicide and active euthanasia. Furthermore, one can consider particular actions to be contrary to appropriate professional conduct even in the absence of legal and ethical objections to them. Someone who wants to die might want only a doctor to kill him or to help him to kill himself. However, we are not entitled to everything that we want in life or death. A doctor cannot always fittingly provide all that a patient wants or needs. It is appropriate that doctors provide their expert advice with regard to the performance of active euthanasia but they can and should do so while, qua doctors, they remain hors de combat
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1136/jme.2009.033118
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,579
External links

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

On Acts, Omissions and Responsibility.J. Coggon - 2008 - Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (8):576-579.
To Kill is Not the Same as to Let Die: A Reply to Coggon.H. V. McLachlan - 2009 - Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (7):456-458.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Medical Expertise, Existential Suffering and Ending Life.Jukka Varelius - 2014 - Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (2):104-107.

View all 6 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Conscience, Referral, and Physician Assisted Suicide.Kevin WM Wildes - 1993 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 18 (3):323-328.
Does Physician Assisted Suicide Violate the Integrity of Medicine?Richard Momeyer - 1995 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 20 (1):13-24.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-09-13

Total views
131 ( #84,092 of 2,461,832 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #298,909 of 2,461,832 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes