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Phil 164 Lecture 9

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These notes cover the introduction reading and Rachels reading. These are the first notes for Unit 3: Euthanasia
Medical Ethics
J. Dixon
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philosophy, philosophy 164, ethics, medical ethics, euthanasia
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Date Created: 10/16/16
Phil 164 - Medical Ethics I Professor Dixon Lecture 9 Unit 3: Euthanasia Reading 1 : Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide I. Terri Schiavo Case A. She was in a persistent vegetative state B. Husband said remove feeding tube and let her die, parents said don’t C. Active or passive euthanasia? 1. See table Active Passive Withdrawing Withholding Voluntary Disconnecting patient Refraining from Lethal injection with administering a patient’s consent from life support with life-extending drug patient’s consent with patient’s consent Nonvoluntary Disconnecting patient Refraining from Lethal injection from life support administering a without patient’s life-extending drug consent without patient’s without patient’s consent consent Involuntary Disconnecting patient Refraining from Lethal injection from life support administering a against patient’s life-extending drug consent against patient’s against patient’s consent consent Reading 2: Active and Passive Euthanasia I. Thesis: No distinction between killing (active euthanasia) and letting die (passive euthanasia) II. Arguments A. Throat cancer example 1. Active euthanasia is more humane, alleviates suffering B. Baby with down syndrome example 1. The doctrine that states that killing and letting die are morally different leads to decisions based on irrelevant grounds 2. Parents that have a baby with down syndrome only let it die if it has the intestinal problem - intestinal problem is irrelevant, decision is actually based on down syndrome C. Smith vs. Jones example 1. Both want to kill their cousin for an inheritance - same motive 2. Smith kills, Jones lets die 3. Rachels says both are equally bad - same motive so the means of death doesn’t matter III. Premises A. Premise 1: Example with Smith and Jones B. Premise 2: What Jones did was just as wrong as Smith Therefore: killing and letting die are morally equal IV. Professor Dixon View on “therefore” conclusion A. Issue with that conclusion- one example cannot be generalized to everything 1. He doesn’t provide any exceptions to this rule 2. He means this is “always” true but only proves that it is sometimes true B. Can you think of a case with every factor the same except that in one version they kill, and the other they let die, and killing is worse than letting die? 1. Rachels says no, you cannot. They are always equal


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