Is Euthanasia Be A Morally Permissible Action?

957 WordsMay 11, 20164 Pages
With this paper I plan to address the topic of euthanasia. I will cover the philosophy behind why it is not a regular practice, and differentiate between multiple forms. After introducing the issue, itself I will speak briefly on the legality of the issue. This should result in the principles of myself, Peter Singer, Don Marquis, and Michael Tooley all being brought together in this discussion. Ultimately, I will lead this discussion into the direction of why I have found euthanasia to be a morally permissible action. Why do we find the action of taking an innocent life to be morally wrong? Typically, it is the fact that what we are taking away from the person in question is their autonomy. Don Marquis, a philosophy professor of the University of Kansas, calls every action that a person can take from one point of time to a later time the “Future of value” that a person has. Taking away the future of value of a person, destroys who they are. This coupled with a few other reasons is why we view the action of voluntary euthanasia as an evil. Voluntary euthanasia, also known as physician-assisted suicide is the direct action taken by doctors to provide patients a clear way to end their own life; it is simple and humane. Then we must ask what if the person in question has no future of value. When patients suffering from terminal illness are given the news that within a short period of time they will die, the largest portion of destruction has already happened. Their entire

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