Organon F

Volume 26, August 2019, Issue 4, Pages 612–634

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

The Morality of Euthanasia

Adam Greif 


In this paper, I defend the view that the requested euthanasia of adults is morally permissible and should be legalised; I use an argument from analogy which compares physician-assisted euthanasia with morally less ambiguous and, in my opinion, an acceptable instance of mercy killing. I also respond to several objections that either try to prove that the instance of mercy killing is not acceptable, or that there is a fundamental difference between these two cases of killing. Furthermore, in the remainder of the paper I defend the moral permissibility and legalisation of euthanasia against several objections that appeared in local disputes on this issue, based on the concepts of the limits of freedom, the slippery slope, and the needlessness of euthanasia.


Legalisation; moral freedom; morality; needlessness of euthanasia; requested euthanasia; sanctity; slippery slope.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Adam Greif


Comenius University


Department of Philosophy and History of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Šafárikovo námestie 6, 814 99 Bratislava, Slovak Republic


About this article


22 November 2018


16 March 2019

Published online

17 March 2019


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Cite as


Greif, A. (2019). The Morality of Euthanasia. Organon F26(4), 612–634.


Greif, Adam. 2019. "The Morality of Euthanasia." Organon F 26 (4): 612–634.


Greif, A. (2019). The Morality of Euthanasia. Organon F, 26(4), pp. 612–634.

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