Autonomy, interests, justice and active medical euthanasia

Julian Savulescu

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There are 4 main arguments for euthanasia: (1) arguments appealing to consistency (e.g., from passive to active euthanasia); (2) the argument from respect for autonomy; (3) appeals to justice; (4) the argument from interests (mercy or relief of suffering). I will argue that only the last is directly relevant to active euthanasia as a medical intervention, though arguments together from autonomy and justice can in practice (through the backdoor) provide a ground for voluntary active medical euthanasia (AME).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
EditorsMichael Cholbi, Jukka Varelius
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Pages41 - 58
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319220499
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

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