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Aiding the Impermissible: Kant and the Morality of Assisted Dying
Kant’s claim suicide is in every case contrary to moral duty makes him an unlikely figure to turn to when mounting a defence of physician-assisted dying (PAD). This is because it is plausible to assume that the permissibility of suicide in at least some cases is a necessary condition for support of PAD.
The aim of this talk is to suggest an alternative to this picture. I argue that Kant’s account of moral virtue and the duties we have towards the moral perfection of others are both compatible with a commitment to PAD. The prohibition on suicide sets limits to the way in which this practice may be carried out but does not forbid it altogether. Moreover, I argue that there are good reasons to support the limits suggested by the Kantian view.
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University of Oxford
Mon, Feb 12, 2024
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto