Lebensunwertes Leben and the Obligation to Die
Loewy, Erich H.
Loewy, Roberta Springer
Health Care Analysis: An International Journal of Health Care Philosophy and Policy 1999; 7(1): 23-36
In this paper the authors address the recent argument that we have an obligation to seek or actively bring about our own death when we burden others too greatly. Some of the problems with this argument and some of the practical consequences of adopting such a point of view are discussed in this paper. We argue that the argument rests on an individualistic approach which sees the family being burdened as standing alone instead of seeing it as embedded in a burden-sharing community.
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