The Case Of Frank Van Den Bleeken

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HUM: 1155 Ethics Assignment #1 In the case of Frank Van Den Bleeken, a male described as an irrepressible rapist asked to undergo physician assisted suicide in order to end his life. Since Van Den Bleeken was living his psychologically unbearable sentence in Belgium, physician assisted suicide was an impending option, as it had been made legal in the country back in 2002 (Krugel, 2016). Through ethical analysis, Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill’s would reach an agreement in which Van Den Bleeken should be restricted from his right to physician assisted suicide. The three philosophers have varying epistemological thought processes on determining what is ethical and moral but whether it is the individual’s duty to stay in…show more content…
Prison sentences would be avoided because many would choose to die a peaceful death verses suffer in a jail cell. Prison sentences would be considered imperfect duties in which people should not ignore, but are given more leeway (Blackburn, 2016). For the sake of justice for the deceased’s families it is Van Den Bleeken’s duty to suffer. Another highly acknowledgeable focus of Kantian Ethics includes two imperatives: hypothetical and categorical. Kant would emphasize the importance of the second formulation within the categorical imperative in the instance of Van Den Bleeken using the physician’s as the means to his end. By supplying Van Den Bleeken with the necessary materials and environment for a painless death, the physicians would only be the means to the end. Kant would agree that physician assisted suicide is therefore not follow moral law, because the physicians are considered moral beings and should be entitled to the autonomous treatment as moral equals. Strengths to the Kantian Ethics Theory is that it is fair, consistent, and treats people as moral equals; but contradictorily, what if someone broke the law, are they stripped of their title as a “moral equal”? The hypothetical imperative in basic terms describes how in order to achieve one thing, you must do another. In Van Den Bleeken’s case, he would have to work great deals to

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