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Organon F

2019, Pages 1–23

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

Research Article

The Morality of Euthanasia

Adam Greif

DOI (to be assigned)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

Author(s) and affiliation(s)

Author

Adam Greif

Affiliation

Comenius University

Address

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

E-mail

greif2@uniba.sk 

About this article

Received

22 November 2018

Accepted

16 March 2019

Published online

17 March 2019

Publishers

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 F, 1–23. https://www.organonf.com/journal/orgf-2019-26405

Copyright information

© Adam Greif

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