Is There a Duty to Die? by James M. HumberIs There a Duty to Die? by James M. Humber

Is There a Duty to Die?

EditorJames M. Humber, Robert F. Almeder

Paperback | November 19, 2010

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Leading philosophers and bioethicists revisit the disturbing question raised in 1987 by Dr. Margaret Battin: Is there is "a duty to die" in order to guarantee a just cross-generational distribution of limited health care resources? The essays collected here-including a new article by Dr. Battin-discuss the topic in-depth, providing a critical review of the literature and many new arguments. The debate includes not only those who support such a "duty" and those who say such a "duty" cannot be denied, but also those who doubt such a "duty to die" exists or question whether-if it did exist- it could be implemented without severe problems. Is There a Duty to Die? offers a balanced discussion across a wide range of opinions on the meaning of "duty to die," examining every sort of argument for and against the idea. Medical ethicists, and those concerned with end-of-life care, including the hospice community, hospitals, lawyers, legislators, jurists, public-policy makers, and religious leaders, will find it essential reading.
Title:Is There a Duty to Die?Format:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.07 inPublished:November 19, 2010Publisher:Humana PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Global Life Expectancies and the Duty to DieMargaret P. BattinIs There a Duty to Die?Jan NarvesonDo We Have a Duty to Die?Marilyn BennettThe Duty to Die: A Contractarian ApproachRobert E. EhmanRule Utilitarianism and the Right to DieMichael AlmeidaThe Nature, Scope, and Implications of a Personal Moral Duty to DiePaul T. MenzelAnalyzing the Moral Duty to DieJ. Angelo CorlettDuty to DieRosemarie TongHow Could There Be a Duty to Die?David DrebushenkoDo We Ever Have a Duty to Die?Susan Leigh AndersonGrandma, the GNP, and the Duty to DieJudith Lee KissellDying for Others: Family, Altruism, and a Duty to DieRyan Spellecy

Editorial Reviews

"Twelve essays comprise the volume, the first seven broadly supportive of some version of a duty to die, the last five critical of the notion. ...In short, this is a thought-provoking volume." - Ethics