Assisted Suicide is Morally Justified Argumentative Essay by Nicky

An argument that assisted suicide is a moral and compassionate course of action.
# 150999 | 1,364 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 17, 2012 in Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Ethics (General)


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Description:

The paper examines the various arguments and counter augments for and against assisted suicide. The central thesis that is explored in this paper is that while there are many cogent arguments against the acceptance and legalization of assisted suicide from a moral point of view, these are culturally relative. The paper reaches the conclusion that assisted suicide is a moral and compassionate course of action that also supports the intrinsic right of the individual to choose.

Outline:
Introduction
The Arguments For and Against Assisted Suicide
Analysis and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"There are many perspectives and points of view to this debate that have to be taken into account. The two central trajectories or lines of argument can be summarized as follows. From one perspective, assisted suicide is seen as a compassionate act intended to prevent unnecessary suffering and indignity. This is supported by the ethics of freedom of choice and the belief in the individual's right to choose.
"On the other hand there are very strong moral reasons given for rejecting assisted suicide. This includes the argument that life is sacred and that it is not morally acceptable to terminate human life. In conjunction with this are many other objections, including the view that assisted suicide is open to abuse and possible medical incompetency.
"It is also true that there is a great deal of philosophical and ideological background to this debate. The ideological aspect is an area that can be related to one of the most cogent reasons for the acceptance of assisted suicide. This is the view that the objections to this practice are culturally biased and relative to the way that certain cultures and societies perceive reality. In this view reality is essentially considered to be socially constructed and this means that the objections to assisted suicide cannot be considered to be an eternal moral truth but rather are the conventions of culture."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Assisted Suicide. Retrieved October 27, 2009, from http://www.assistedsuicide.org/
  • Cauthen K. Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia. Retrieved October 27, 2009, from http://www.frontiernet.net/~kenc/asuici.htm
  • Definition of Assisted suicide. Retrieved October 27, 2009, from http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10950
  • Euthanasia. Retrieved October 27, 2009, from http://encarta.msn.com/encyclopedia_761562836/Euthanasia.html
  • Pipe J. Assisted Suicide and the Quality of Life of Persons with Disabilities. Retrieved October 27, 2009, from http://www.ncccusa.org/nmu/mce/suicide.html

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