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Euthanasia and assisted suicide : a liberal approach versus the traditional moral view

Patterson, Rachael and George, Katrina 2005, Euthanasia and assisted suicide : a liberal approach versus the traditional moral view, Journal of law and medicine, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 494-510.

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Title Euthanasia and assisted suicide : a liberal approach versus the traditional moral view
Author(s) Patterson, Rachael
George, Katrina
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 494
End page 510
Publisher Lawbook Co
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1320-159X
Summary Within the context of the debate over the recent suspended sentence given to John Stuart Godfrey by Underwood J in the Supreme Court of Tasmania for assisting his elderly mother with her suicide, this article examines some of the more popular arguments for and against the moral acceptability of euthanasia and assisted suicide. This article considers the arguments put forward on the “difference principle” by Rachels and Nesbitt before critically examining the liberal approach to the euthanasia issue as proposed by Kuhse. It is argued that whilst Kuhse is correct to reject the difference principle, she does so for the wrong reasons. The penultimate section of the article provides an overview of the traditional moral view against killing. The final part assesses whether the arguments put forward by proponents of the liberal approach are capable of overcoming this view.
Language eng
Field of Research 180114 Human Rights Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Lawbook Co
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002898

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Law
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