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F.M. Kamm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199971985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199971985.001.0001

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Conceptual Issues Related to Ending Life

Conceptual Issues Related to Ending Life

(p.33) 2 Conceptual Issues Related to Ending Life
Bioethical Prescriptions

F. M. Kamm

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the distinctions that are of moral relevance in discussions of suicide, physician-assisted suicide, termination of treatment, and euthanasia. These include the distinctions between intending and foreseeing; active and passive suicide and euthanasia; killing and letting die; voluntary and involuntary suicide and euthanasia; and the permissibility or impermissibility of conduct.

Keywords:   patient death, suicide, physician-assisted suicide, treatment termination, euthanasia, moral relevance

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