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Human Dignity and Assisted Death

Sebastian Muders


Assisted death is an extremely contested topic in bioethics. Despite the strongly influential role human dignity plays in this debate, it still has not received the appropriate, multifaceted treatment it deserves. Studies show that the notion of dignity already plays an important role in medical contexts. However, its use in these contexts needs to be analyzed and explained in more detail. A detailed philosophical analysis of dignity and how it relates to assisted death will benefit both the general discussion and the specific bioethical context to which it is applied. The goal of this first i ... More

Keywords: human dignity, assisted death, suicide, autonomy, sanctity of life, value of life, bioethics

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190675967
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190675967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Muders, editor
Research Fellow, Center for Research Ethics, University of Zurich

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Sebastian Muders

Section 1 Human Dignity and the Case of Assisted Death

Section 2 Dignity at the End of Life

Chapter 5 Death with Dignity

Christopher Kaczor and Robert P. George

Section 3 Dignity and Disability

Section 4 Dignity and Autonomy

Section 5 Dignity and the Value of Life

Section 6 Dignity and Rights