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Is there a logical slippery slope from voluntary to nonvoluntary euthanasia?
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PMID:  22187931     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
John Keown has constructed a logical slippery slope argument from voluntary euthanasia (VAE) to nonvoluntary euthanasia (NVAE). VAE if justified implies that death can be of overall benefit, in which case it should also be facilitated in those who cannot consent (NVAE). Hallvard Lillehammer asserts that Keown's argument rests on a fallacy. However, pace Lillehammer, it can be restated to escape this fallacy. Its validity is confirmed by applying to VAE some well-established general principles of medical decision making. Thus, either VAE and NVAE must be accepted together or, if NVAE is regarded as unacceptable, VAE should also be rejected.
David Albert Jones
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Kennedy Institute of Ethics journal     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1054-6863     ISO Abbreviation:  Kennedy Inst Ethics J     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-12-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9109135     Medline TA:  Kennedy Inst Ethics J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  379-404     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK.
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