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Euthanasia and eudaimonia
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    Response to McLachlan

    The quote in the response by Hugh McLachlan is taken slightly out of context: the full sentence is "If we accept that it is bad for people to end their life with a period of suffering, it does not matter whether that period lasts 100 years, 100 days or 100 minutes: we should help them to die as soon as possible." This argument was aimed only at those who already agree that we should help people avoid prolonged periods of...

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    It does not follow that we ought to help those who want to die to die

    David Shaw has written a very good, erudite article on euthanasia, which is a pleasure to read. However, he is mistaken when he says: ‘If we accept that it is bad for people to end their life with a period of suffering … we should help them to die as soon as possible’. (p. 531) This does not follow. From the premise that it would be good were something or other to happen, we cannot validly conclude that we – in general or...

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