Journal Published Online: 01 November 1997
Volume 42, Issue 6

Physician-Assisted Suicide and the Doctrine of Double Effect



In this paper, I try to show how the clash between two different types of ethical theory—consequentialist and nonconsequentialist—affects moral and legal arguments for physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia (E). I begin by presenting a three-step argument for the permissibility of PAS and E, and then examine two possible criticisms of this argument. In conclusion, I consider how the possible further consequences of permitting PAS are dealt with by proponents of the two ethical theories.

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Kamm, FM
University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Pages: 5
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Stock #: JFS14289J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14289J