How Ethical Systems Change: Tolerable Suffering and Assisted Dying

1st Edition

Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine

Routledge
Published December 16, 2011
Textbook - 86 Pages
ISBN 9780415505161 - CAT# Y133649
Series: Framing 21st Century Social Issues

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Summary

Medical advances prolong life. They also sometimes prolong suffering. Should we protect life or alleviate suffering? This dilemma formed the foundation for a powerful right-to-die movement and a counterbalancing concern over an emerging culture of death. What are the qualities of a life worth living? Where are the boundaries of tolerable suffering? This book is based on a hugely popular undergraduate course taught at the University of Texas, and is ideal for those interested in the social construction of social worth, social problems, and social movements.

This book is part of a larger text, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?, http://www.routledge.com/9780415892476/

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