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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Title

Euthanasia and assisted suicide from Confucian moral perspectives

Language

English

Abstract

This essay first discusses the three major arguments in favor of euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide in contemporary Western society, viz., the arguments of mercy, preventing indignity, and individual autonomy. It then articulates both Confucian consonance and dissonance to them. The first two arguments make use of Confucian discussions on suicide whereas the last argument appeals to Confucian social-political thought. It concludes that from the Confucian moral perspectives, none of the three arguments is fully convincing. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010.

Keywords

Assisted suicide, Autonomy, Confucianism, Euthanasia, Indignity, Mercy

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Dao

Volume

9

Issue

1

Start Page

53

End Page

77

Publisher

Springer Verlag

ISSN (print)

15403009

ISSN (electronic)

15697274

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