Euthanasia and assisted suicide from confucian moral perspectives

Ping Cheung LO*

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This essay first discusses the three major arguments in favor of euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide in contemporary Western society, viz., the arguments of mercy, preventing indignity, and individual autonomy. It then articulates both Confucian consonance and dissonance to them. The first two arguments make use of Confucian discussions on suicide whereas the last argument appeals to Confucian social-political thought. It concludes that from the Confucian moral perspectives, none of the three arguments is fully convincing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-77
Number of pages25
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy

User-Defined Keywords

  • Assisted suicide
  • Autonomy
  • Confucianism
  • Euthanasia
  • Indignity
  • Mercy


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