A reply to some standard objections to euthanasia

Shand, John (2002). A reply to some standard objections to euthanasia. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 14(1) pp. 43–47.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5930.00038


The purpose here is to cast doubt on some utilitarian non‐rights‐based arguments that are generally thought to be decisive objections to voluntary and non‐voluntary euthanasia. The aim is not to prove that euthanasia is morally vindicated (although I think rights‐based arguments can do this) but rather to contend that such arguments, far from being decisively anti‐euthanasia, can be made to point equally in the opposite direction.

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