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).
|Title of host publication||New Directions in the Ethics of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia|
|Editors||Michael Cholbi, Jukka Varelius|
|Place of Publication||Cham Switzerland|
|Pages||41 - 58|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Name||International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine|