The pressing and universally relevant issue of euthanasia is debated in this volume. Euthanasia has become increasingly contentious as populations age, and medical and scientific advances continue to transform and extend life. Euthanasia - Choice and Death examines the key philosophical arguments that have underpinned thinking and practice up till now: * The centrality of choice to our notion of the human being; * The challenge of changes to our concept of death in the face of medical, scientific and technological advances. Gail Tulloch develops a conception of dignity that does not depend on religious assumptions and can promote a broad ethical consensus in a liberal democracy. Examination of landmark cases and the approaches adopted by key countries - the U.S.A., the U.K., the Netherlands, and Australia - ground the book.
Gail Tulloch is a Research Fellow and Director of the research programme in Biomedical Ethics and Regulation at the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia. She is the author of Mill and Sexual Equality.
Series Preface; Contents; PART ONE; 1. Choice and Death; 2. Stark Choices; PART TWO; 3. Death and Dying in America; 4. Legal Disputes over Death in England; 5. Legalising Euthanasia in The Netherlands; 6. A Legislative Experiment in Australia; Conclusion; List of References; Further Reading; Index.