Moral intuition, good deaths, and ordinary medical practitioners

Parker, M. (1990) Moral intuition, good deaths, and ordinary medical practitioners. Journal of Medical Ethics, 16 1: 28-34. doi:10.1136/jme.16.1.28

Author Parker, M.
Title Moral intuition, good deaths, and ordinary medical practitioners
Journal name Journal of Medical Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-6800
Publication date 1990-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/jme.16.1.28
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 34
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Institute of Medical Ethics
Language eng
Subject 220106 Medical Ethics
220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Abstract Debate continues over the acts/omissions doctrine, and over the concepts of duty and charity. Such issues inform the debate over the moral permissibility of euthanasia. Recent papers have emphasised moral sensitivity, medical intuitions, and sub-standard palliative care as some of the factors which should persuade us to regard euthanasia as morally unacceptable. I argue that these lines of argument are conceptually misdirected and have no bearing on the bare permissibility of voluntary euthanasia. Further, some of the familiar slippery slope arguments against voluntary euthanasia compromise the principle of autonomy to which both supporters and opponents of euthanasia adhere. I discuss a model for doctor/patient relationships which can be applied to cases which would be seen by all disputants as strong prima facie cases for euthanasia. I argue that in certain cases it will be ordinary medical practitioners who are duty-bound to assist death.
Keyword intuitions
moral argument
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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