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Muders, Sebastian (2017). Introduction. In: Muders, Sebastian. Human dignity and assisted death. Oxford, online.

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the book. It argues that human dignity deserves a closer examination within the debate on assisted dying. The aim of this book is threefold. First, it will enlighten and explain the widely shared intuitions about human dignity, which has a specific usage in the medical context of terminal illness, because opponents as well as supporters for assisted suicide lay claim to that notion. Second, it will push the debate an important step forward because arguments that are often taken for granted can be more fairly reconsidered once their relationship to dignity has been clarified. Third, if one is able to make sense of dignity even within the complex and seemingly confused context of this debate, one will have taken an important step toward a clarification of it in general, which might lead to its application in other contexts as well

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the book. It argues that human dignity deserves a closer examination within the debate on assisted dying. The aim of this book is threefold. First, it will enlighten and explain the widely shared intuitions about human dignity, which has a specific usage in the medical context of terminal illness, because opponents as well as supporters for assisted suicide lay claim to that notion. Second, it will push the debate an important step forward because arguments that are often taken for granted can be more fairly reconsidered once their relationship to dignity has been clarified. Third, if one is able to make sense of dignity even within the complex and seemingly confused context of this debate, one will have taken an important step toward a clarification of it in general, which might lead to its application in other contexts as well

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:human dignity, assisted death, suicide, autonomy, bioethics
Language:English
Date:October 2017
Deposited On:15 Dec 2017 12:33
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:42
ISBN:9780190675967
Additional Information:Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190675967.003.0001
Official URL:http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780190675967.001.0001/oso-9780190675967-chapter-1

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