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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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. 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 hardwog Hardwig intends by his thesis that many of us have a duty to die.
Ethical Challenges with Welfare Technology: Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to: Daniel Friedrich – – Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 1: I can readily imagine that, through cowardice, rationalisation, or failure of resolve, I will fail in this obligation to protect my loved ones. Sign in to use this feature.
Is there a duty to die?
Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. Hardwig believes that the duty to die is relatively widespread hardsig those with burdensome illnesses, dependencies, or medical conditions. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy onlinelibrary. He goes on to list various features of a person’s situation that make it more likely that they have a duty to die:. Get free access to newly published articles. Felicia Ackerman – – Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 1: I argue that although there are rare circumstances in which individuals have a duty to die, the situations Hardwig describes are not among these.
Find it on Scholar. Angelo Corlett – – Health Care Analysis 9 1: 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. British Broadcasting Corporation Home.
So, harwdig deciding whether to live or die, a person should not consider only themselves; they should also consider their family and the people who love them. It goes without saying that there is no 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 love us:. James Rachels – hardwkg In Lawrence C. But some cultures, and some modern thinkers, think that there is a duty on a person to die in certain circumstances. Is there a duty to die? Sign in Create an account.
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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. Is There a Duty to Die?: Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign in to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account. Marcia Baron – – Journal of Philosophy 81 4: