Two Ways to Kill a Patient

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 43 (1):44-63 (2018)
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Abstract

According to the Standard View, a doctor who withdraws life-sustaining treatment does not kill the patient but rather allows the patient to die—an important distinction, according to some. I argue that killing can be understood in either of two ways, and given the relevant understanding, the Standard View is insulated from typical criticisms. I conclude by noting several problems for the Standard View that remain to be fully addressed.

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Ben Bronner
George Washington University

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