Ethics

Write a short reflection statement (350-500 words) after reading Chapter 8. Use complete sentences and correct academic writing to complete this assignment.

Respond in writing to these items:

  1. How, according to Gill, do some philosophers argue that the moral foundations of the medical profession prohibit physicians from assisting in a patient’s suicide? How does Gill respond?
  2. What are the social attitudes toward suicide that Callahan mentions? Do you think these attitudes are appropriate? Even if they are, do you think that would show that something is wrong with suicide? Explain your answers.
  3. Callahan worries that legalized PAS gives physicians too much power to kill patients, including influencing patient decisions in wrongful ways. What reasons can you think of that a physician might have for doing this? Do you think it is plausible that this could be a widespread concern? Explain.