When Richard Lamm made the statement that old people have a duty to die, it was generally shouted down or ridiculed. The whole idea is just too preposterous . Indeed, “there can be a duty to die even when one would prefer to live.” After all John Hardwig says, “We fear death too much.” My sense is. PDF | John Hardwig argues persuasively that we should regard ourselves as having a duty to die, under a fairly likely range of circumstances. In fact, the very old.

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What produces a duty to die? Sign in Create an account. He says that an individual is not the only person who will be affected by decisions over whether they live or die. Copyright American Medical Association. On this page Is there a duty to die? Create a free personal account to access your subscriptions, sign up for alerts, and more.

Hence, the duty to die is much rarer than Hardwig supposes. Wrenn – – Dialogue: After all, when we say someone did their duty when they gave up their life to save others, we often mean that they did an act of heroism, well beyond the call of duty. Books, Journals, New Media.

Hardwig believes that the duty to die is relatively widespread among those with burdensome illnesses, dependencies, or medical conditions. Get free access to newly published articles Create a personal account or sign in to: British Broadcasting Corporation Home.

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The ideas of John Hardwig The philosopher John Hardwig re-opened this debate with an article in Felicia Ackerman – – Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 1: I then suggest that the burdens that ill, dependent, or aged individuals impose on their families, loved ones, or caregivers do not constitute the kind of threat that ot the latter killing the former in self-defense.


John Hardwig University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The duty to die and the burdensomeness of living.

Sign duth to use this feature. Nor does Hardwig think that a person should make their final decision without consulting their family – although he points out the difficulties in doing this.

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He goes on to list various features hardwiv a person’s situation that make it more likely that they have a duty to die:. Resnik – – Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 30 2: Sign in to make a comment Sign in to your personal account.

So, when deciding whether to live or die, a person should not consider only themselves; they should also consider their family and the people who love them.

These people could only be the victims of twisted moral reasoning or vicious social pressure. The whole idea is just too preposterous to entertain.

The duty to die and the burdensomeness of living.

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Surely, anyone with a little imagination can think of a situation in which it is plausible to say that someone has “a duty to die.