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Is There a Duty to Die?

And Other Essays in Bioethics, 1st Edition

Edited by John Hardwig

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224 pages

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First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews

"Is There a Duty to Die? poses a powerful challenge to mainstream 'patient-centered' bioethics, leading us to rethink the significance of family interests in treatment decision. Hardwig writes with clarity, wit, and elegance; these essays are truly a pleasure to read." -- Chris Hackler, Director of the Divison of Medical Humanities, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"With clarity and compassion, John Hardwig advocates a paradigm shift from a patient-centered to a family-centered bioethics. Just as families have a duty to care for those who are ill, those afflicted have a reciprocal duty not to become a crushing burden, which in some cases means a duty to die. The challenge for those who would object to this provocative idea, is to reform the health care system so as to mitigate any such duty." -- Francoise Baylis, Associate Professor of Medicine and Philosophy, Dalhousie University, Canada

"John Hardwig's precise and insightful essays intrepidly question moral orthodoxies and propose alternatives that are difficult to reject." -- Helga Kuhse, author of Caring: Nurses, Women and Ethics

"John Hardwig identifies some of the most difficult questions in bioethics, which others are too timid to confront, and writes about them in an admirably clear, lucid, and down-to-earth style. His Afterword, in which he elicits from a group of elderly what it means to them to die a responsible death, is itself worth the price of the volume. Any academic bioethicist who can engage in this sort of conversation with average people, and come away with such a rich set of insights, is a person well worth listening to." -- Howard Brody, Director, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences and author of the Healer's Power

"This is an important collection of essays that nurses interested in the moral dimension of their work will find thought provoking." -- Nursing Times

"John Hardwig's precise and insightful essays intrepidly question moral orthodoxies and propose alternatives that are difficult to reject." -- Helga Kuhse, author of Caring: Nurses, Women and Ethics

"This complication of essays, primarily by Harwig, centers on responsible death: when and how decisions should be made. Hardwig explores his personal philosophy on life, death, and the interactive nature of human beings; he believes that all decisions made by an individual have an impact on others, especially family. . . Generally well written, provocative, insightful, and based on the view that illness, suffering, and, especially, death are to be avoided as long as possible." --Choice, October 2000."

"This compilation of essays, primarily by Harwig, centers on responsible death: when and how decisions should be made. Hardwig explores his personal philosophy on life, death, and the interactive nature of human beings; he believes that all decisions made by an individual have an impact on others, especially family. . . Generally well written, provocative, insightful, and based on the view that illness, suffering, and, especially, death are to be avoided as long as possible." --Choice, October 2000."

"…these essays all take stands on important, though often neglected, questions in miomedical ethics related to an alleged duty to die. While controversial, Hardwig argues clearly and - in large part - convincingly…The commentaries and response add a dialectical give-and-take that makes this volume attractive for anyone teaching "duty to die" and related questions in a bioethics or applied ethics course." -- Ethics, January 2003

About the Editor

John Hardwig is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Humanities at East Tennessee State University. This is his first book.

About the Series

Reflective Bioethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MED050000
MEDICAL / Ethics
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General