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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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. I argue that although there are rare circumstances in which individuals have a duty to die, the situations Hardwig describes are not among these. Hardwig believes that the duty to die is relatively widespread among those with burdensome illnesses, dependencies, or medical conditions.

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Create a free personal account to make a comment, download free article PDFs, sign up for alerts and more. He goes on to list various features of a person’s situation that make it more likely that they have a duty to die:.

After all, when we say someone did their duty when they gave up their life to save others, we often mean that they did an act of heroism, well beyond the call of duty.


I can readily imagine that, through cowardice, rationalisation, or failure of resolve, I will fail in this obligation to protect my loved ones. 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.

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Find it on Scholar. 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. Purchase access Subscribe to JN Learning for one year.

Nor does Hardwig think that a person should make their tthere decision without consulting their family – although he points out the difficulties in doing this. It goes without saying that there is no duty to die.

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Hence, the duty to die is much rarer than Hardwig supposes. Sign in to download free article PDFs Sign iohn to access your subscriptions Sign in to your personal account.

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This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets CSS enabled. Miran Epstein – – Bioethics 21 1: Political Obligation and the Particularity Problem. 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.

However, the focus of Is There tjere Duty to Die? Science Logic and Mathematics. Find out more about page archiving. Felicia Ackerman – – Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 1: James Rachels – – In Lawrence C. Religion and Ethics home Religions. John Hardwig – – Ethics 93 2: These people could only be the victims of twisted moral reasoning or vicious social pressure.

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