Euthanasia or assisted dying issues

 

Euthanasia or assisted dying issues. Examine the facts surrounding the famous case of Terri Shiavo (d.2015) or a similar case. Defend or criticize a utilitarian position on this case and the surrounding issue of euthanasia. As an alternative approach to utilitarian, investigate the principle of double effect. What metaphysical presuppositions underlie your approach to this issue (particularly concerning sentience, personhood, the mind/brain, and the idea of a soul?). What would be the social impact of a national commitment to prolong the life of the dying, particularly in cases where individual is in a vegetative or minimally conscious state? What are the rights, needs, and interests of the parties involved? What outcome/action would you prefer if you or someone you care about were in Schiavo’s situation?

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