When Richard Lamm made the statement that old people have a duty to die, it was generally shouted down or ridiculed. The whole idea is just too preposterous . Indeed, “there can be a duty to die even when one would prefer to live.” After all John Hardwig says, “We fear death too much.” My sense is. PDF | John Hardwig argues persuasively that we should regard ourselves as having a duty to die, under a fairly likely range of circumstances. In fact, the very old.

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BBC – Ethics – Euthanasia: Is there a duty to die?

Is There a Moral Duty to Die? When Richard Lamm made the statement that old people have a duty to die, it was generally shouted down or ridiculed. The philosopher John Hardwig re-opened this debate with an article in Sign in to use this feature.

I then show that an important disanalogy exists between an uncontroversial example in which an individual has a duty to die and the situations in which Hardwig proposes individuals have haardwig duty to yo.

Is there a duty to die?

The Canadian Philosophical Review 46 1: The Duty to Die and the Burdensomeness of Living. Hence, the duty to die is much rarer than Hardwig supposes. Hastings Center Report 27 2: Is there a duty to die?

Sign in to save your search Sign in to your personal account. I can readily imagine that, through cowardice, rationalisation, or failure of resolve, I will fail in this obligation to protect my loved ones.


Harddwig people could only be the victims of twisted moral reasoning or vicious social pressure.

Is There a Duty to Die? Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. Nor does Hardwig think that a person should make their final decision without consulting their family – although he points out the difficulties in doing this. Ethical Challenges with Welfare Technology: But some cultures, and some modern thinkers, think that there is a duty on a person to die in certain circumstances.

Killing and Letting Die. Books, Journals, New Media. Purchase access Subscribe now. Legal Obligation as a Duty of Deference. Miran Epstein – – Bioethics 21 1: More specifically, in situations where a duty to die exists, an individual’s having a duty to die logically implies that those she burdens have a right to kill that individual in self-defense.

Find out more about page archiving. A Duty to Adopt? This page has been archived and is no longer updated. In fact, a fairly common argument against legalizing physician-assisted suicide is that if it were legal, some people might somehow get the idea that they have a duty to die.

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The duty to die and the burdensomeness of living.

After all, when we say someone did their duty when they gave up their life to save others, we often mean that they did an act of heroism, well beyond the call of duty. Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. Daniel Friedrich – – Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 1: It sounds an odd question – most of us would say ‘no’, except perhaps for military and similar personnel in certain circumstances.


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Privacy Policy Terms of Use. After reconstructing Hardwig’s argument for such a duty, highlighting his central premise that ill, dependent, or aged individuals can impose unfair burdens upon others by continuing to live, I clarify precisely what Hardwig intends by his thesis jonh many of us have a duty to die. Create a personal account to register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles.

Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. On this page Is there a duty to die? Hardwig thinks that we may have a duty to die when the burden of caring for us seriously compromises the lives of those who ia us: Surely, anyone with a little imagination can think of a situation in which it is plausible to say that someone has “a duty to die. Find it on Scholar. What produces tp duty to die? British Broadcasting Corporation Home.

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