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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT11

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 6 HT11
Start Date 21st Feb 2011 4:30pm
End Date 21st Feb 2011 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Wayne Sumner (Toronto) ‘End-of-Life Care: Where are the Ethical Lines?' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


Four end-of-life treatment measures share an ethically salient feature: the potential to hasten death. What I will call the Conventional View attempts to draw a bright ethical line among these measures, so that three of them--withholding/withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, administering high doses of painkillers, and terminal sedation--are all permissible under appropriate conditions while the fourth--assisted death--is impermissible under all conditions. I will explore possible ways of defending this line and argue that none of them succeeds.

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