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Dying in a liberal society

Malpas, J ORCID: 0000-0003-4378-8937 2019 , 'Dying in a liberal society', in Peter Wong and Sherah Bloor and Patrick Hutchings and Purushottama Bilimoria (eds.), Considering religions, rights and bioethics: for Max Charlesworth. Sophia studies in cross-cultural philosophy of traditions and cultures , Springer, Cham, Switzerland, p. 259.

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“Dying”, writes Max Charlesworth, “is, in a sense, the most important thing a persondoes” and he adds that “one should as far as possible be in control of it”(Charlesworth 1993, p. 33). There can be little doubt that the ending of a life is oneof the most important events of a life, and what is to be the manner of the ending ofour lives is one of the most important questions that faces us all. Most of us wouldalso concur, at least initially, with Charlesworth’s claim that the ending of our livesis something over which we should be able to exercise some control. Indeed, issuesconcerning the end of life, and the control one may have over it, have gained considerablepublic attention in recent years with the rise of campaigns for the legalisationof assisted suicide in many countries, and, in some cases, the enactment oflegislation to achieve just such an outcome – for instance, recent legislation in thestate of Victoria, Australia.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Malpas, J
Keywords: liberal society, dying, autonomy, right to die, euthanasia
Publisher: Springer
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-18148-2_6
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