Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fuelled by cases that extend far beyond passive euthanasia to...
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The moral issues involved in doctors assisting patients to die with dignity are of absolutely central concern to the medical profession, ethicists, and the public at large. The debate is fuelled by cases that extend far beyond passive euthanasia to the active consideration of killing by physicians. The need for a sophisticated but lucid exposition of the two sides of the argument is now urgent. This book supplies that need. Two prominent philosophers, Gerald Dworkin and R. G. Frey present the case for legalization of physician-assisted suicide. One of the best-known ethicists in the US, Sissela Bok, argues the case against.
"The public debate on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide will go on for many years. It is one of the most profound debates in American society now. The authors of these elegant essays for and against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are not only clear and compelling thinkers, but they bring to the subject an important set of sensibilities and perspectives. This will be an especially fine exchange for those trying to get a clear sense of the nature of the issues at stake." Daniel Callahan, The Hastings Center
Dworkin is professor at the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis.
R. G. Frey is Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on applied ethics, normative theory, and the history of eighteenth-century British moral philosophy. With Gerald Dworkin and Sissela Bok, he is the author of "Euthanasia and Physician-assisted Suicide" (1998).
Bok, has been Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University.
- Part I. 1. Gerald Dworkin And R. G. Frey
- 2. The Nature Of Medicine
- 3. Distinctions In Death
- 4. The Fear Of A Slippery Slope
- 5. You Should Not Act Justly Now ...
- Part Ii: 6. Sissela Bok
- 7. Choosing Death And Taking Life
- 8. Suicide
- 9. Euthanasia
- 10. Physician-assisted Suicide.