Death, Dying and the Ending of Life

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Death, Dying and the Ending of Life

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Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co

Publish Date: Sep 2007

ISBN-13: 9780754621744

ISBN-10: 075462174X

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Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co
Publish Date: Sep 2007
ISBN-13: 9780754621744
ISBN-10: 075462174X
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 4.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.75 x 3.25

Chapter outline

Death: The Nature of Death
On defining a `Natural Death'
Why is death bad?
Some puzzles about the evil of death
Brain death and personal identity
Brain death: a durable consensus?
The dead donor rule: should we stretch it, bend it, or abandon it?
Some must die
Decision-Making at the End of Life: Competent Patients
Medical paternalism
Depression, competence and the right to refuse lifesaving medical treatment; Advance Directives
Do-not-resuscitate orders: no longer secret, but still a problem
Advance directives and the personal identity problem
Why I dont have a living will; Incompetent Patients
Deciding for others: standards for decision-making
The severely demented, minimally functional patient: an ethical analysis
Terminating life-sustaining treatment of the demented
Quality of life and treatment decisions for incompetent patients: a critique of the orthodox approach

Book description

These two volumes present the core of recent philosophical work on end-of-life issues. Volume I examines issues in death and consent: the nature of death, brain death and the uses of the dead and decision-making at the end of life, including the use of advance directives and decision-making about the continuation, discontinuation, or futility of treatment for competent and incompetent patients and children. Volume II, on justice and hastening death, examines whether there is a difference between killing and letting die, issues about physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and questions about distributive justice and decisions about life and death.

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