Understanding Assisted Suicide Nine Issues to Consider

ISBN-10: 0472069969
ISBN-13: 9780472069965
Edition: 2007
Authors: John B. Mitchell
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Description: Assisted suicide remains one of the most emotionally charged and controversial topics—and the issue isn’t going away any time soon. As the baby boomer generation ages, many of us will watch as our parents—and ourselves—grow older, and wonder at the  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Assisted suicide remains one of the most emotionally charged and controversial topics—and the issue isn’t going away any time soon. As the baby boomer generation ages, many of us will watch as our parents—and ourselves—grow 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.

Introduction
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
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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