Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die

Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die

by Margaret Pabst Battin

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Margaret Pabst Battin has established a reputation as one of the top philosophers working in bioethics today. This work is a sequel to Battin's 1994 volume The Least Worst Death. The last ten years have seen fast-moving developments in end-of-life issues, from the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands to furor over proposed restrictions of scheduled drugs used for causing death, and the development of "NuTech" methods of assistance in dying. Battin's new collection covers a remarkably wide range of end-of-life topics, including suicide prevention, AIDS, suicide bombing, serpent-handling and other religious practices that pose a risk of death, genetic prognostication, suicide in old age, global justice and the "duty to die," and suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia, in both American and international contexts. As with the earlier volume, these new essays are theoretically adroit but draw richly from historical sources, fictional techniques, and ample factual material.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195349870
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 532 KB

About the Author

Margaret Pabst Battin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, at the University of Utah. She has authored, edited, or co-edited fourteen books.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ending Life: The Way We Do It, The Way We Could Do It
PART I: Dilemmas about Dying
1. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide
2. Euthanasia: The Way We Do It, the Way They Do It
3. Going Early, Going Late: The Rationality of Decisions about Physician-Assisted Suicide in AIDS
4. Is a Physician Ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?
5. Case Consultation: Scott Ames, A Man Giving Up on Himself
6. Robeck
PART II: Historical, Religious, and Cultural Concerns
7. Collecting the Primary Texts: Sources on the Ethics of Suicide
8. July 4, 1826: Explaining the Same-Day Deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (And What Could This Mean for Bioethics?)
9. High Risk Religion: Informed Consent in Faith Healing, Serpent Handling, and Refusing Medical Treatment
10. Terminal Procedure
11. The Ethics of Self-Sacrifice: What's Wrong with Suicide Bombing?
PART III: Dilemmas about Dying in a Global Future
12. Genetic Information and Knowing When You Will Die
13. Extra Long Life: Ethical Aspects of Increased Life Span
14. Global Life Expectancies and International Justice: A Reemergence of the Duty to Die?
15. New Life in the Assisted-Death Debate: Scheduled Drugs versus NuTech
16. Empirical Research in Bioethics: The Method of "Oppositional Collaboration"
17. Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future

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