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The future of assisted suicide and euthanasia

The future of assisted suicide and euthanasia

Author: Neil M Gorsuch
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Series: New forum books.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In clear terms accessible to the general reader, Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He explores evidence and case histories from the Netherlands and Oregon, where the practices have been legalized. He analyzes libertarian and autonomy-based arguments for legalization as well as the impact of key U.S. Supreme  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gorsuch, Neil M. (Neil McGill), 1967-
Future of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2005052194
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Neil M Gorsuch
ISBN: 9781400830343 1400830346 1282458442 9781282458444 9786612458446 6612458445
OCLC Number: 568085721
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 311 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The Glucksberg and quill controversies : the judiciary's (non)resolution of the assisted suicide debate --
2.1. The Washington due process litigation --
2.2. The New York equal protection litigation --
2.3. The final battle? : the Supreme Court does (and does not) decide --
2.4. The aftermath of Glucksberg and Quill --
3. The debate over history --
3.1. Which history? --
3.2. The project --
3.3. The ancients --
3.4. Early Christian history --
3.5. English common law --
3.6. Colonial American experience --
3.7. The modern consensus on suicide and its assistance --
3.8. The euthanasia movement --
3.9. Prevailing law today --
3.10. Conclusion --
4. Arguments from fairness and equal protection : if a right to refuse, then a right to assisted suicide? --
4.1. An act /omission distinction? --
4.2. A causation-based distinction? --
4.3. Toward an intent-based distinction : the insight of the double effect principle --
4.4. Some (initial) arguments against double effect : conflating intent and foresight --
4.5. Distinguishing suicide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia from the right to refuse : intending versus foreseeing death --
4.6. Some (additional) criticisms of double effect as applied to the assisted suicide debate --
4.7. Conclusion. 5. Casey and Cruzan : do they intimate a right to assisted suicide and euthanasia? --
5.1. The "reasoned judgment" test and its critics --
5.2. Casey-based arguments --
5.3. Cruzan-based arguments --
5.4. Conclusion --
6. Autonomy theory's implications for the debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia --
6.1. The autonomy debate --
6.2. The neutralist view of autonomy --
6.3. The harm principle's competing view --
6.4. Perfectionism and autonomy --
6.5. The implications of autonomy theory for the assisted suicide and euthanasia debate --
7. Legalization and the law of unintended consequences : utilitarian arguments for legalization --
7.1. The Dutch experience : "virtually abuse-free"? --
7.2. The Oregon experience : an "all-too conscientious" statutory regime? --
7.3. Legalization and other unintended consequences --
7.4. Decriminalization as a "costless" enterprise? --
7.5. How to "balance" the costs and benefits of legalization? --
7.6. Conclusion. 8. Two test cases : Posner and Epstein --
8.1. Posner's utilitarian case for assisted suicide --
8.2. Posner's and Epstein's libertarian case for assisted suicide --
9. An argument against legalization --
9.1. The Inviolability of human life --
9.2. What does it mean to respect human life as a basic good? --
9.3. Some objections --
9.4. The future of the Oregon experiment? --
10. Toward a consistent end-of-life ethic : the "right to refuse" care for competent and incompetent patients --
10.1. The inviolability of life and the "right to refuse" for competent persons --
10.2. The "right to refuse" and infant patients --
10.3. The "right to refuse" and incompetent adult patients --
10.4. Conclusions --
Epilogue --
Appendix A. Certain American statutory laws banning or disapproving of assisted suicide --
Appendix B. Statistical calculations.
Series Title: New forum books.
Responsibility: Neil M. Gorsuch.


Provides an overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia - as well as the comprehensive argument against their legalization. This work assesses the strengths and  Read more...


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