The Contribution of Natural Law Theory to Moral and Legal Debate Concerning Suicide, Assisted Suicide, and Euthanasia

Author: Craig Paterson

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1452868395

Category: Philosophy

Page: 398

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In chapter one, Paterson argues for the important contribution that a natural law based framework can make towards an analysis of key controversies surrounding the practices of suicide, assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia. In the second chapter, he considers a number of historical contributions to the debate. The third chapter takes up the modern context of ideas that have increasingly come to the fore in shaping the 'push' for reform. Particular areas focused upon include the value of human life, the value of personal autonomy, and the rejection of double effect reasoning. In chapter four, Paterson engages in the task of pointing out structural weakness in utilitarianism and deontology. He argues that major systemic weaknesses in both approaches can be overcome by a teleology of basic human goods. In chapter five, Paterson argues for the defence of the intrinsic good of human life from direct attack. He defends the proposition "it is always a serious moral wrong to intentionally kill a human person, whether self or another, regardless of a further appeal to consequences or motive." In chapter six, Paterson argues that the natural law conception of the person in society, centred on the common good, provides a solid framework for assessing both the justification for, as well as the limits on, the role of the state to use its power to legally impose certain moral standards. In chapter seven, he addresses the concrete relationship between natural law and legal policy by exploring the issue of assisted suicide in the constitutional context of the United States.
The Contribution of Natural Law Theory to Moral and Legal Debate on Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Author: Craig Paterson


ISBN: 0557475341


Page: 398

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Craig Paterson is a contemporary philosopher with a special interest in bioethics. He was educated at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; University of York, England; Saint Louis University, USA. He has previously held teaching appointments at Saint Louis University, USA and Providence College, USA. He is currently an independent scholar. Paterson is a significant contributor to contemporary discourse on biomedical ethics in the natural law tradition, especially in the areas of assisted suicide, euthanasia and killing and letting die. He adopts a revised non-naturalist approach to natural law ethics.This text is the dissertation that Paterson originally submitted for his PhD in Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, Missouri. The text is essential reading for all those who seek to understand why Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia are morally unacceptable practices and should not be legally permitted by the state.
Catholic Moral Theology in the United States

Author: Charles E. Curran

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589012912

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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In this magisterial volume Charles E. Curran surveys the historical development of Catholic moral theology in the United States from its 19th century roots to the present day. He begins by tracing the development of pre-Vatican II moral theology that, with the exception of social ethics, had the limited purpose of training future confessors to know what actions are sinful and the degree of sinfulness. Curran then explores and illuminates the post-Vatican II era with chapters on the effect of the Council on the scope and substance of moral theology, the impact of Humanae vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical condemning artificial contraception, fundamental moral theology, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, and social ethics. Curran's perspective is unique: For nearly 50 years, he has been a major influence on the development of the field and has witnessed first-hand the dramatic increase in the number and diversity of moral theologians in the academy and the Church. No one is more qualified to write this first and only comprehensive history of Catholic moral theology in the United States.
Assisted Suicide in Canada

Author: Travis Dumsday

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774866040

Category: Law

Page: 208

View: 731

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down criminal laws prohibiting medical assistance in dying (MAID) in its Carter v Canada ruling. Assisted Suicide in Canada delves into the moral and policy dimensions of this case, summarizing other key rulings and subsequent legislation. Travis Dumsday explores thorny topics such as freedom of conscience for healthcare professionals, public funding for MAID, and extensions of eligibility. Carter v Canada will alter Canadians’ understanding of life, death, and the practice of medicine for generations. This nuanced work will help readers think through the legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding assisted dying.
A Natural Right to Die

Author: Raymond Whiting

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313314748

Category: Law

Page: 222

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Demonstrates how U.S. attitudes and practices concerning euthanasia have been influenced by the historical development of rights within the western world.
Disputed Moral Issues

Author: Mark Timmons

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UVA:X030113403

Category: Philosophy

Page: 564

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Ideal for courses in contemporary moral problems, introduction to ethics, and applied ethics, Disputed Moral Issues: A Reader is a comprehensive anthology that brings together sixty-seven engaging articles on a wide range of contemporary moral issues. Carefully selected and edited for an undergraduate audience, the essays are organized into twelve chapters that cover: * Sexual morality * Pornography, hate speech, and censorship * Drugs, gambling, and addiction * Sexism, racism, and reparation * Euthanasia and suicide * Abortion * Cloning and genetic enhancement * The death penalty * War, terrorism, and torture * World hunger and poverty * Animals * The environment Striking a unique balance between moral theory and applied ethics, editor Mark Timmons provides students with an accessible Moral Theory Primer (Chapter 1), in which he outlines the guiding principles of moral theory, presents six central moral theories, and relates those theories to the issues debated in the articles. Each of the remaining chapters is preceded by an introduction that explains key concepts and shows how theories from the Moral Theory Primer are connected to the arguments presented in that chapter's essays. Each selection is preceded by a brief summary and reader cues, which direct students to a specific section of the Moral Theory Primer in order to best help them understand the essay in question. A "Quick Guide to Moral Theories" appendix, an extensive glossary of key terms, and suggested further readings after each chapter further enhance the text. A "User's Guide," which follows the preface, shows instructors how they can integrate moral theories and applied ethics into their courses.
Down the Slippery Slope

Author: David Lamb

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780709941668

Category: Philosophy

Page: 134

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A `slippery slope' argument in medical ethics is one that opposes itself to a new proposal on the grounds that it is not per se intolerable but will lead to a situation that is. Lamb evaluates such arguments, demonstrating their centrality to the subject.
Legal Theory

Author: T. Ian McLeod


ISBN: STANFORD:36105134509160

Category: Law

Page: 240

View: 946

Assuming no prior knowledge of philosophy, Legal Theory examines the relationship between law and morality, and places particular emphasis on matters of contemporary debate, such as assisted suicide and animal rights. --Book Jacket.