Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die by Margaret Pabst Battin

Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die

byMargaret Pabst Battin

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Margaret Pabst Battin has established a reputation as one of the top philosophers working in bioethics today. This work is a sequel to Battin's 1994 volume The Least Worst Death. The last ten years have seen fast-moving developments in end-of-life issues, from the legalization ofphysician-assisted suicide in Oregon and the Netherlands, to a furor over proposed restrictions of scheduled drugs used for causing death, and the development of "NuTech" methods of assistance in dying. Battin's new collection covers a remarkably wide range of end-of-life topics, including suicideprevention, AIDS, suicide bombing, serpent-handling and other religious practices that pose a risk of death, genetic prognostication, suicide in old age, global justice and the "duty to die." It also examines suicide, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia in both American and internationalcontexts. As with the earlier volume, these new essays are theoretically adroit but draw richly from historical sources, fictional techniques, and ample factual material.

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Margaret Pabst Battin is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, at the University of Utah. She has authored, edited, or co-edited fourteen books.
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Title:Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We DieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:April 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Ending Life: The Way We Do It, The Way We Could Do ItPART I: Dilemmas about Dying1. Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide2. Euthanasia: The Way We Do It, the Way They Do It3. Going Early, Going Late: The Rationality of Decisions about Physician-Assisted Suicide in AIDS4. Is a Physician Ever Obligated to Help a Patient Die?5. Case Consultation: Scott Ames, A Man Giving Up on Himself6. RobeckPART II: Historical, Religious, and Cultural Concerns7. Collecting the Primary Texts: Sources on the Ethics of Suicide8. July 4, 1826: Explaining the Same-Day Deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (And What Could This Mean for Bioethics?)9. High Risk Religion: Informed Consent in Faith Healing, Serpent Handling, and Refusing Medical Treatment10. Terminal Procedure11. The Ethics of Self-Sacrifice: What's Wrong with Suicide Bombing?PART III: Dilemmas about Dying in a Global Future12. Genetic Information and Knowing When You Will Die13. Extra Long Life: Ethical Aspects of Increased Life Span14. Global Life Expectancies and International Justice: A Reemergence of the Duty to Die?15. New Life in the Assisted-Death Debate: Scheduled Drugs versus NuTech16. Empirical Research in Bioethics: The Method of "Oppositional Collaboration"17. Safe, Legal, Rare? Physician-Assisted Suicide and Cultural Change in the Future

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"Margaret Battin is an imaginative philosopher. She comes at issues at different angles and in different ways from most philosophers. She has a keen eye for points where philosophical argument and the public conversation have become polarized and unproductively stalled."--Social Theory andPractice