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Rethinking voluntary euthanasia.

Authors
  • Stoyles, Byron J1
  • Costreie, Sorin
  • 1 *Department of Philosophy, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8, Canada. [email protected] , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of medicine and philosophy
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2013
Volume
38
Issue
6
Pages
674–695
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/jmp/jht045
PMID: 24174644
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Our goal in this article is to explicate the way, and the extent to which, euthanasia can be voluntary from both the perspective of the patient and the perspective of the health care providers involved in the patient's care. More significantly, we aim to challenge the way in which those engaged in ongoing philosophical debates regarding the morality of euthanasia draw distinctions between voluntary, involuntary, and nonvoluntary euthanasia on the grounds that drawing the distinctions in the traditional manner (1) fails to reflect what is important from the patient's perspective and (2) fails to reflect the significance of health care providers' interests, including their autonomy and integrity.

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