Religious Ethics and Active Euthanasia in a Pluralistic Society
Campbell, Courtney S.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1992 Sep; 2(3): 253-277.
This article sets out a descriptive typology of religious perspectives on legalized euthanasia -- political advocacy, individual conscience, silence, embedded opposition, and formal public opposition -- and then examines the normative basis for these perspectives through the themes of sovereignty, stewardship, and the self. It also explores the public relevance of these religious perspectives for debates over legalized euthanasia, particularly in the realm of public policy. Ironically, the moral discourse of religious traditions on euthanasia may gain public relevance at the expense of its religious content. Nonetheless, religious traditions can provide a context of ultimacy and meaning to this debate, which is a condition for genuine pluralism. A table setting out the views of various denominations with regard to euthanasia is included.
Active Euthanasia; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Autonomy; Common Good; Conscience; Consensus; Cultural Pluralism; Death; Democracy; Ethics; Euthanasia; Guidelines; Islamic Ethics; Jewish Ethics; Killing; Law; Life; Morality; Patients; Physician's Role; Physicians; Political Activity; Protestant Ethics; Public Policy; Religious Ethics; Right to Die; Roman Catholic Ethics; Suffering; Suicide; Theology; Value of Life; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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