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Autonomy trumps all?: A kantian critique of physician-assisted death.

Dinh, Hoa Trung (2017) Autonomy trumps all?: A kantian critique of physician-assisted death. Australasian Catholic Record, 94 (4). pp. 466-481. ISSN 0727-3215

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Abstract

At the forefront of the current debate on 'assisted death' is the autonomy argument. Advocates of assisted death often appeal to respect for autonomy as a trump card that can override all other considerations: the value of human life, the prohibition of killing in the medical tradition, and other social responsibilities. For Kant, who invented the concept of autonomy and regarded it as the manifestation of human dignity, the concept of killing oneself is rationally indefensible and totally at odds with the exercise of autonomy. This article discusses the origin of respect for autonomy in health ethics, and provides a Kantian critique of physician-assisted death.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Medical ethics, Medical care
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 05:17
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 04:50
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3231

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