Term Paper: Is There a Duty to Die by John Hardwig

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This is a sample term paper where according to Hardwig, the objections are that there are other duties that are more serious and therefore take precedence over duty to die.

According to Hardwig, the objections are that there are other duties that are more serious and therefore take precedence over duty to die. Secondly the duty to end one’s own life would mean a loss of dignity for the humanity and lastly the suffering of those terminally ill is already very great therefore expecting them to die would burden them further. His answer for the first objection is that the act of dying on one’s own would be more selfless and less selfish then preserving life. Second, he thinks that human dignity is hurt when individuals fail themselves, therefore their duty to die will help in preserving their dignity.  Third he feels that the endurance of the family and the pain they go through is much greater then the pain of a dying person.

Although he states that there may not be a hard and fast rule and that the situation may vary from one case to another but he does point to certain conditions like emotional and financial burden on family, old age, having lived a full and rich life, those whose family is poor, those who are unable to cope well with the disease.

In my view what Hardwig is suggesting is not only inhumane but also what the free capitalistic market stands for, people are regarded more as commodities and this highly individualistic attitude and the lack of consideration for fellow human beings has led him to write an article which is not only shocking but it’s hard to believe that there are people who think in this manner.

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