An Easeful Death?: Perspectives on Death, Dying and Euthanasia

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John Morgan
Federation Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 218 pages
We may at last as a society beginning to talk about death or at least to appreciate the need to come to terms with it, so that we may confront and accept it. The possibility of violent sudden death, as mirrored in the Port Arthur and Dunblane mass murders, has thrown up for us in recent months the feelings of finality and despair that death so often brings. At the same time, modern medicine and its technologies, which can postpone or suspend dying, bring us another set of questions. Our laws, our beliefs, our science, our history, our myths, and the way our culture, social and political, is organised: all of these reflect and have a bearing on how we approach the subject. The essays in this book examine death, dying, assisted death and euthanasia from a number of perspectives. They are not exhaustive, but they explore some of the opinions, some of the deeply held ethical beliefs and fears about death and loss of control over oneself, and some of the questions posed about compassion and the value and dignity of human life. Leading Australian and overseas thinkers present a variety of theological, ethical and medical perspectives to provide a balanced and challenging view of complex issues.

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About the author (1996)

John Morgan, a freelance science and environment writer, is a doctoral candidate in journalism and mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the managing editor of The Internet Scout Project and has written for Madison Magazine and Wisconsin Academy Review. He lives with co-author and wife Ellen Morgan in Madison, WI.

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