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

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Patterson, K George
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.

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Journal

Journal of law and medicine

Volume

12

Issue

4

Pagination

494 - 510

Publisher

Lawbook Co

Location

North Ryde, N.S.W.

ISSN

1320-159X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Lawbook Co

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