Understanding Assisted Suicide Nine Issues to Consider
Assisted suicide remains one of the most emotionally charged and controversial topicsand the issue isn't going away any time soon. As the baby boomer generation ages, many of us will watch as our parentsand ourselvesgrow older, and wonder at the More...
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
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Assisted suicide remains one of the most emotionally charged and controversial topicsand the issue isn't going away any time soon. As the baby boomer generation ages, many of us will watch as our parentsand ourselvesgrow older, and wonder at the decisions that lie ahead. Understanding Assisted Suicideprovides both a fresh take on this important topic and the framework for intelligent participation in the discussion. Uniquely, the author frames the issue using his own experience watching both his parents die, which led him to ask fundamental questions about death, dying, religion, and the role of medicine and technology in alleviating human suffering. In concerns about assisted suicide, each person's "big picture" has largely been created out of picking and choosing from nine separate snapshot albums. Understanding this offers a perspective for quickly determining the sources of another's opinion on assisted suicide, as well as the issues they are not considering. Most importantly,Understanding Assisted Suicideoffers a clear, easy-to-traverse landscape over which those who are sincerely looking for their own answers can navigate. The "nine-issue structure" allows both careful exploration of separate issues and a view of the full spectrum of ideas involved.
|Cultural Arguments That Assisted Suicide Is Always Wrong|
|Religious Arguments for Maintaining That Suicide Is Morally "Wrong"|
|Utilitarian Arguments against Suicide|
|The Slippery Slope Phenomenon|
|My Path Turns: Looking at Autonomy and Moral Claims to the Right to Assisted Suicide|
|Act Utilitarianism as a Moral Basis for Justifying Assisted Suicide|
|The Moral Claim Justifying Physician-Assisted Suicide with the Combination of Autonomy and Mercy|
|Law and Assisted Suicide|
|The Question of Whether Legislatures Should or Should Not Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide|