Death and Compassion: A Virtue-based Approach to Euthanasia

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Ashgate, Jan 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 230 pages
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The aim of this work is to provide a critique of principle-based ethical systems within the context of modern medicine, focusing specifically on end-of-life decisions. In an attempt to transcend the shortcomings of both utilitarian and deonotological ethical theories, the author argues for an incorporation of the virtues in medical practice, drawing from and developing Aristotle's teleological account of the virtues. Three questions concerning the morality of euthanasia are raised, each invoking a typical feature of human suffering, which leads to an analysis of a moral virtue that addresses each of these features of suffering.

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A Historical Perspective
Euthanasia and the PrincipleBased Ethic
Compassion and Reason

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Liezl van Zyl is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

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