Acting to let someone die

McGee, Andrew (2015) Acting to let someone die. Bioethics, 29(2), pp. 74-81.

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Abstract

This paper examines the recent prominent view in medical ethics that withdrawing life-sustaining treatment (LST) is an act of killing. I trace this view to the rejection of the traditional claim that withdrawing LST is an omission rather than an act. Although that traditional claim is not as problematic as this recent prominent view suggests, my main claim is that even if we accepted that withdrawing LST should be classified as an act rather than as an omission, it could still be classified as letting die rather than killing. Even though omissions are contrasted with acts, letting die need not be, for one can let die by means of acts. The remainder of the paper is devoted to establishing this claim and addresses certain objections to it.

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ID Code: 66722
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Acts, Killing, Letting Die, Omissions, Causing Death, Interloper, Withdrawing Life-Support
DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12072
ISSN: 1467-8519
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2014 01:10
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 14:13

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