This paper advances three claims. First, according to contemporary Western advocates of physicianassisted- suicide and voluntary euthanasia, "death with dignity" is understood negatively as bringing about death to avoid or prevent indignity, that is, to avoid a degrading existence. Second, there is a similar morally affirmative view on death with dignity in ancient China, in classical Confucianism in particular. Third, there is consonance as well as dissonance between these two ethics of death with dignity, such that the Confucian perspective would regard the argument for physician-assisted-suicide and voluntary euthanasia as less than compelling because of the latter's impoverished vision of human life.
|Title of host publication||Applied Ethics|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Multicultural Approach: Sixth Edition|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Jul 2017|
Scopus Subject Areas
- Arts and Humanities(all)