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Me and my body : the relevance of the difference for the distinction between withdrawing life support and euthanasia

McGee, Andrew (2011) Me and my body : the relevance of the difference for the distinction between withdrawing life support and euthanasia. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 39(4), pp. 671-677.

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss David Shaw’s claim that the body of a terminally ill person can be conceived as a kind of life-support, akin to an artificial ventilator. I claim that this position rests upon an untenable dualism between the mind and the body. Given that dualism continues to be attractive to some thinkers, I attempt to diagnose the reasons why it continues to be attractive, as well as to demonstrate its incoherence, drawing on some recent work in the philosophy of psychology. I conclude that, if my criticisms are sound, Shaw’s attempt to deny the distinction between withdrawal and euthanasia fails.

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ID Code: 46786
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Withdrawal of Life-Support, Euthanasia, Body, Mind, Person, Human being, Prolonging life; shortening life
DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00634.x
ISSN: 1748-720X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Medical Ethics (220106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 10:29
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 20:17

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