Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism / Edition 1

Choosing to Die: Elective Death and Multiculturalism / Edition 1

by C. G. Prado
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052187484X

ISBN-13: 9780521874847

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this book, C. G. Prado addresses the difficult question of when and whether it is rational to end one's life in order to escape devastating terminal illness. He specifically considers this question in light of the impact of multiculturalism on perceptions and judgments about what is right and wrong, permissible and impermissible. Prado introduces the idea of a

Overview

In this book, C. G. Prado addresses the difficult question of when and whether it is rational to end one's life in order to escape devastating terminal illness. He specifically considers this question in light of the impact of multiculturalism on perceptions and judgments about what is right and wrong, permissible and impermissible. Prado introduces the idea of a "coincidental culture" to clarify the variety of values and commitments that influence decisions. He also introduces the idea of a "proxy premise" to deal with reasoning issues that are raised by intractably held beliefs.

Primarily intended for medical ethicists, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the ability of modern medicine to keep people alive, thereby forcing people to choose between living and dying. In addition, Prado calls upon medical ethicists and practitioners to appreciate the value of a theoretical basis for their work.

About the Author:
C. G. Prado is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University in Canada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521874847
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Setting the Stage     1
Criteria for Rational Suicide     26
Clarifying and Revising the Criteria     47
Application Issues     65
What Standards?     88
Relativism and Cross-Cultural Assessment     111
The Role of Religion     135
Assessment Latitude     158
The Realities of Cross-Cultural Assessment     179
Works Cited     205
Index     209

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