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A Critical Inquiry on Arguments over Active and Passive Euthanasia

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2023, (89), pp.227-253
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.089.07
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : March 31, 2023
  • Accepted : April 17, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

Jang Dong-ik 1

1공주교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper, I tried to explain that the classification of active and passive euthanasia is not of great significance in the ethical discussion of euthanasia. For this purpose, the grounds for distinguishing between active and passive euthanasia were examined. It was clarified that “action,” “omission,” and “an intention to kill” cannot be the basis for distinguishing active and passive euthanasia. This study also proved that if the distinction between active and passive euthanasia fails, the position of banning active euthanasia and allowing passive euthanasia is not successful. In addition, this paper found a logical problem in Rachels' view, according to which active and passive euthanasia can be distinguished by action and omission but active euthanasia should be allowed because no moral difference exists between active and passive euthanasia.

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