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The death debate : ethical issues in suicide

Author: M Pabst Battin
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Death Debate focuses on the central philosophical question: What role may the individual play in his or her own death? Battin considers the arguments for and against suicide throughout history while offering a culturally diverse perspective. She takes both a short-range and a long-range view of the issues, including a chapter-length treatment of physician-assisted suicide."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M Pabst Battin
ISBN: 0135243076 9780135243077
OCLC Number: 33209348
Notes: Previously published under title: Ethical issues in suicide.
Description: xiii, 242 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction. Suicide-The Current View. Suicide: The scientific view. The treatment of suicide: Prediction and prevention. Suicide: The legal dilemma. The suicide taboo. PART I. FUNDAMENTAL ETHICAL ISSUES IN SUICIDE 1. Religious Views of Suicide. The religious arguments against suicide. The religious invitation to suicide. 2. The Social Arguments Concerning Suicide. Suicide as an injury to the community. Suicide as a benefit to the community. Utilitarian theory and suicide. 3. Suicide and the Value of Life. The principle of the value of life. Modifications of the principle. Kant and respect for human moral life. Dworkin and the sanctity of life. PART II. PRACTICAL MORAL ISSUES IN SUICIDE 4. The Concept of Rational Suicide. The characterization of rational suicide. Criteria for rational suicide. 5. Paternalism and Suicide: The Role of Others. Paternalistic intervention in suicide. Paternalistic facilitation of suicide. 6. Suicide and Rights. Suicide as a right. Rights and the role of others. 7. Physician-Assisted Suicide. The public debate over physician-assisted suicide. The basic ethical issues in physician-assisted suicide. Practical and policy issues in physician-assisted suicide. The future practice of physician-assisted suicide. Conclusion. Suicide and Moral Rules Notes. Index.
Other Titles: Ethical issues in suicide
Responsibility: Margaret Pabst Battin.

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"The Death Debate focuses on the central philosophical question: What role may the individual play in his or her own death? Battin considers the arguments for and against suicide throughout history while offering a culturally diverse perspective. She takes both a short-range and a long-range view of the issues, including a chapter-length treatment of physician-assisted suicide."--Jacket.

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