When Richard Lamm made the statement that old people have a duty to die, it was generally shouted down or ridiculed. The whole idea is just too preposterous . Indeed, “there can be a duty to die even when one would prefer to live.” After all John Hardwig says, “We fear death too much.” My sense is. PDF | John Hardwig argues persuasively that we should regard ourselves as having a duty to die, under a fairly likely range of circumstances. In fact, the very old.

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He says that an individual is not the only person who will be affected by decisions over whether they live or die. Sign in to save your hatdwig Sign in to your personal account. Create a personal account to register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles.

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Daniel Friedrich – – Journal of Applied Philosophy 30 1: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy onlinelibrary. Robert Frazier – manuscript. The philosopher John Hardwig re-opened this debate with an article in Marcia Baron – – Journal of Philosophy 81 4: It sounds an odd question – most of us would say ‘no’, except perhaps for military and similar personnel in certain circumstances.


It is one of the tragedies of our lives that someone who wants very much to live can nevertheless have a duty to die.

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Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account. Surely, anyone with a little imagination can think of a situation in which it is plausible to say that someone has “a duty to die. A Review of the Literature. Hardwig thinks that we may have a duty to die when the burden of caring for us seriously compromises the lives of those who love us:.

Sign in to customize your interests Sign in to your personal account. Legal Obligation as a Duty of Deference. John Hardwig – – Ethics 93 2: The Duty dugy Die and the Burdensomeness of Living. Hence, the duty to die hadrwig much rarer than Hardwig supposes. The whole idea is just too preposterous to entertain. Harbingers of Expanded Freedom for All? Copyright American Medical Association.

Purchase access Subscribe to the journal. Is There a Duty to Die?: On this page Is there a duty to die? Shlomo Cohen – – European Journal of Philosophy 23 4: This article addresses the question of whether the arguments for a duty to die given by John Hardwig, the most prominent philosophical advocate of such a duty, are sound.

Killing and Letting Die. He goes on to list various features of a person’s situation that make it more likely that they have a duty to die:.


The duty to die and the burdensomeness of living.

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So, jon deciding whether to live or die, a person should not ahrdwig only themselves; they should also consider their family and the people who love them. Dena Davis – – Journal of Medical Ethics 40 8: I then show that an important disanalogy exists between an uncontroversial example in which an individual has a duty to die and the situations in which Hardwig proposes individuals have a duty to die.

It goes without saying that there is no duty to die. Find out more about page archiving.

Is there a duty to die? More specifically, in situations where a duty to die exists, an individual’s having a duty to die logically implies that those she burdens have a right to kill that individual in self-defense. Register for email alerts with links to free full-text articles Access PDFs of free articles Manage your interests Save searches and receive search alerts.

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