Death’s Dominion: Ethics at the End of Life by Simon Woods

By Simon Woods

Drawing on a philosophical framework, the writer explores end-of-life matters with a view to think of the character of the nice demise and the way this can be completed. The e-book considers if it is permissible or fascinating to steer the standard of death: delivering palliative sedation as a potential replacement to terminal sedation, the argument is prolonged to ascertain why a few types of assisted loss of life will be proven to be suitable with the tips of palliative care. attention is additionally given to destiny advancements corresponding to existence extension innovations and the moral questions that that those strategies could increase. As such, the e-book follows within the ongoing philosophical culture to critique and examine present inspiration relating to loss of life, encouraging self-reflection within the reader and providing feedback for perform in end-of-life care.

Death’s Dominion is essential examining for college kids and pros considering care of the death, in addition to people with an curiosity within the philosophical concerns surrounding end-of-life care.

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For Levinas the most salient aspect of this encounter with the Other is the face, since it is the face of the Other, which intrudes upon one’s own being with a moral force. For Levinas, the Other is an intrusion into one’s own being, experienced not as a presence or an object of knowledge, but as a moral demand not to harm, a moral obligation. The Levinas face is clearly an abstraction, it is not a particular face, but a challenge, it is the vulnerability of the Other that undermines one’s own ambitions and ends because it presents us with the potential of obligation or duty.

178) I take him not to be making a theological claim but rather that the human face, and for that matter the human body, is capable of showing, through its demeanour and through facial expression, instantly recognised by others, the mutuality that is part of our capacity to recognise who and what we are (Wittgenstein 1958). In claiming that it is only in virtue of being a self-valuer that we are able to recognize the value of others, Harris reverses the direction of the relationship between the other and the self, a point hinted at by Adam Smith: Where it possible that a human creature could grow up in some solitary place without any communication with his own species, he could no more think of his character, of the propriety or demit of his sentiments and conduct, of the beauty or deformity of his mind, than of the beauty of his own face .

Earlier in this chapter I briefly described Bentham and Mill’s utilitarianism, and this provides a relevant example. Although utilitarianism has an empirical component, the thesis that the good life consists of a life in which utility is maximized, is a thesis thought to be true a priori, is claimed to be universally true, exhaustive and directly applicable to specific cases. The same charge can be made against deontologists and also of the implicit 24 Death’s Dominion theory associated with the persons approach to ethics.

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