Metaphoric Analysis of the Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide (Symposium S. No. 54)

Metaphoric Analysis of the Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide (Symposium S. No. 54)

By: Elizabeth S. Spragins (author)Hardback

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This volume uses metaphoric analysis to explore the rhetorical aspects of the debate as represented in the published works of three physicians with opposing views: Dr C. Everett Koop; Dr Jack Kevorkian, and Dr Timothy Quill. After examining the texts, the author invents a hybrid metaphorical concept which can serve as a rhetorical bridge for participants in the debate. Once this metaphorical means of communication is in place, the necessary exloration of ethical systems can occur.


Introduction: emergence of a controversy; formulation of the research questions; description of the artefacts, description of the critical method; analysis of the artefacts. Historical overview: evolution of public opinion; definition of terms; concerns of patients; concerns of physicians; concerns of ethicists; concerns of religious groups; concerns of right-to-die organizations; stance of the general public; description of the artefacts. The critical method: nature of rhetorical criticism; description of critical method; justification of the choice of critical method. The metaphoric analysis: metaphoric analysis of "The Right to Live, the Right to Die"; metaphoric analysis of "Prescription: Medicide"; metaphoric analysis of "Death and Dignity". Conclusions: interpretation, conclusions; recommendations for future research; works cited.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773480414
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780773480414
  • ISBN10: 0773480412

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