Alzheimer's Suicide Theory

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Teleological (Consequence-oriented) theories judge the rightness or wrongness of decisions based on outcomes or predicted outcomes (Edge & Groves, 2006). The practitioner’s mother has a predicted outcome and that is to keep the disease from progressing. Based on this decision making model, the practitioner and the mother need to make the right decision. Theorists may argue about what constitutes the good, but once agreed, they would have no problem, theoretically, in deciding on a right course of action (Edge & Groves, 2006). I do not agree personally to the idea of overdose as this may be regarded as assisted suicide or basically suicide. Although Alzheimer’s disease has no cure and it progresses with time and eventually leads to death, I…show more content…
In this case, the basis of argument should not only be on the situation or the consequences but rather all. An act in itself would be either right or wrong; it could not be both (Edge & Groves, 2006). The worry this lady has is that the disease is going to progress which she is so right about but the approach she wants to use to stop it is what is wrong as far as I am concerned. Some people may say that she should be left to commit suicide because she is going to die anyway but that is not what I think is the right thing to do for this practitioner. Kant saw people as having an absolute value based on their ability to make rational choices (Edge & Groves, 2006). Before the practitioner acts to advise or help the lady, golden rule should come to his/her mind. The golden rule states that, “when actions have an impact upon another, for these actions to be morally defensible, it must be the case that the actor would choose to be the recipient of an identical action by someone else under identical circumstances (Edge & Groves, 2006). In this line of reasoning, the concern of an ethical society would be toward the care and support of its most disadvantaged citizenry, as they are the least able to speak for themselves. This is a decidedly duty oriented position in that it establishes the duty of moral equality, which could not be bargained away regardless of social interest or the welfare of the society as a whole (Edge & Groves,
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