Single Idea 4050

[catalogued under 24. Applied Ethics / C. Death Issues / 5. Euthanasia]

Full Idea

It seems that voluntary euthanasia can only be carried out by someone who is both sane, and crazed by pain.

Gist of Idea

We only allow voluntary euthanasia to someone who is both sane and crazed by pain

Source

Yale Kamisar (Against Euthanasia [1958], p.77)

Book Reference

'Ethics for Modern Life', ed/tr. Abelson,R./Friquegnon,M [St Martin's 1987], p.77


A Reaction

A fair point, despite its obvious exaggeration. How much pain must someone experience before we permit them to choose euthanasia?