The Thinking Critically series introduces students to the complex issues that dominate public discourse and challenges them to become discerning readers, to think independently, and to engage and develop their skills as critical thinkers. Chapters are organized in a pro/con format, in which a single author synthesizes predominant arguments for and against an issue into clear, accessible discussions supported by details and evidence including relevant facts, direct quotes, current examples, and statistical illustrations. All volumes include focus questions to guide students as they read each pro/con discussion, a list of key facts, source notes, and an annotated list of related organizations and websites for conducting further research.
Table of Contents
Overview: Euthanasia 6
Chapter 1 Can Voluntary Euthanasia Ever Be Justified?
The Debate at a Glance 12
Voluntary Euthanasia Can Be Justified 13
Voluntary Euthanasia Is Never Justified 19
Chapter 2 Can Involuntary Euthanasia Ever Be Justified?
The Debate at a Glance 25
Involuntary Euthanasia Can Be Justified 26
Involuntary Euthanasia Is Never justified 32
Chapter 3 Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
The Debate at a Glance 37
Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Be Legal 38
Physician-Assisted Suicide Should Not Be legal 44
Chapter 4 Does Allowing Euthanasia Lead to Abuse?
The Debate at a Glance 50
Allowing Euthanasia leads to Abuse 51
Allowing Euthanasia Does Not lead to Abuse 57
Source Notes 63
Euthanasia Facts 68
Related Organizations and Websites 71
For Further Research 74
About the Author 80