Is There a Duty to die? / Edition 1by James M. Humber
Pub. Date: 11/19/2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
The question of whether there might be a duty to die was first raised by Margaret Battin in 1987 in her ground-breaking essay, "Age Distribution and the Just Distribution of Health Care: Is There a Duty to-Die?" In 1997 the issue was reprised when two new articles appeared on the topic written by John Hardwig and the other by former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm. Given the renewed interest in the topic, as well as its undeniable importance, Biomedical Ethics Re views sought to initiate an in-depth discussion of the issue by soliciting articles and issuing a general call for papers on the topic "Is There a Duty to Die?" The twelve articles in this volume represent the ultimate fruits of those initiatives. The first seven essays in this text are sympathetic to the claim that there is a duty to die. They argue either: (a) that some form of a duty to die exists, or (b) that arguments that might be offered against the existence of such a duty cannot be sustained. By way of contrast, the last five articles in the text are critical of duty-to-die claims: The authors of the first three of these five articles attempt to cast doubt on the existence of a duty to die, and the writers of the last two essays argue that if such a duty did exist, severe problems would arise when ever we attempted to implement it.
Table of ContentsGlobal Life Expectancies and the Duty to Die
Margaret P. Battin
Is There a Duty to Die?
Do We Have a Duty to Die?
The Duty to Die: A Contractarian Approach
Robert E. Ehman
Rule Utilitarianism and the Right to Die
The Nature, Scope, and Implications of a Personal Moral Duty to Die
Paul T. Menzel
Analyzing the Moral Duty to Die
J. Angelo Corlett
Duty to Die
How Could There Be a Duty to Die?
Do We Ever Have a Duty to Die?
Susan Leigh Anderson
Grandma, the GNP, and the Duty to Die
Judith Lee Kissell
Dying for Others: Family, Altruism, and a Duty to Die
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