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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Logical Link between Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia

John Keown (Georgetown University), The Logical Link between Voluntary and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia, Cambridge L. J. (2022):

The logical "slippery slope" argument is of key relevance to the ongoing debate about "assisted dying". The argument runs that if the principle of respect for autonomy and the principle of beneficence justify voluntary euthanasia, then the principle of beneficence justifies non-voluntary euthanasia. Several prominent scholars of biomedical ethics and law have either rejected or at least not accepted the argument. This paper analyses their reasoning and finds it wanting. It concludes that the logical argument stands unrebutted and merits much greater attention.

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