The 's Death And Death Caused By Immanuel Kant

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In April of 2014, Brittany Maynard’s life was shattered. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called a glioblastoma, and the chances of her surviving were practically nonexistent. Instead of prolonging her life for as long as possible, she decided to move to Oregon to take advantage of its aid-in-dying law. After her health began to deteriorate rapidly, Brittany swallowed a large quantity of the sedative pentobarbital, which had been prescribed to her by a physician. She passed away shortly afterwards, surrounded by her family and friends. She was not quite thirty years old (“The Brittany Fund”). Brittany’s death caused an enormous controversy. Some people said that she had the right to end her life, while others argued that this so-called “suicide” was immoral. The arguments on both sides were quite varied, but some members of the latter group were undoubtedly influenced by Immanuel Kant. Kant stated that suicide, no matter the circumstances, was immoral. His argument is somewhat contradictory, but other arguments, including James Rachels’s, are not completely satisfactory either. Which side is right? After analyzing arguments from the two sides, I believe that it is morally right to end one’s life under certain circumstances. Before drawing any conclusions, it is essential to understand what Kant said on this matter. He makes several good points in his famous work, the Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals. Kant stated that humans should never use

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