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Assisted suicide [electronic resource] : the liberal, humanist case against legalization /
Kevin Yuill, University of Sunderland, UK.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
xx, 188 pages : 23 cm
ISBN
9781137286291 (hardback)
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
9781137286291 (hardback)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
abstract
"Kevin Yuill goes straight to the heart of a difficult issue. Critical of both sides of the discussion, this book presents an up-to-date analysis of the direction discussion is taking, showing that atheists, libertarians, those favouring abortion rights and stem-cell research should stand beside their religious compatriots in opposing legalization of assisted suicide. The author shows that the real issue behind the debate is not euthanasia but suicide. Rather than focusing on tragic cases, he indicates the real damage that will be done if we affirm the suicidal wishes of even a small segment of the population. Analyzing the movement for the right to die in historical terms, Yuill shows that, though many proponents of a change in the law believe they are rationalist heirs of such thinkers as John Stuart Mill, legalizing assisted suicide will reduce privacy and freedom. Finally, Yuill suggests a radical alternative to legalization of assisted suicide that would embrace both the cause of freedom and the anxieties of many about securing good deaths"--
catalogue key
12024764
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-182) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Kevin Yuill lectures in History at the University of Sunderland, UK, specializing in the intellectual history of the twentieth century. He has published articles on assisted suicide in the Spectator, The Tablet and numerous other places. He is the author of Richard Nixon and the Rise of Affirmative Action.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text presents an atheistic case against the legalization of assisted suicide. Critical of both sides of the argument, it questions the assumptions behind the discussion. Yuill shows that our attitudes towards suicide - not euthanasia - are most important to our attitudes towards assisted suicide.
Description for Bookstore
Going behind the headline to analyze the issue of assisted suicide this book presents a unique argument against legalization
Long Description
Kevin Yuill goes straight to the heart of a difficult issue. Critical of both sides of the discussion, this book presents an up-to-date analysis of the direction discussion is taking, showing that atheists, libertarians, those favouring abortion rights and stem-cell research should stand beside their religious compatriots in opposing legalization of assisted suicide. The author shows that the real issue behind the debate is not euthanasia but suicide. Rather than focusing on tragic cases, he indicates the real damage that will be done if we affirm the suicidal wishes of even a small segment of the population. Analyzing the movement for the right to die in historical terms, Yuill shows that, though many proponents of a change in the law believe they are rationalist heirs of such thinkers as John Stuart Mill, legalizing assisted suicide will reduce privacy and freedom. Finally, Yuill suggests a radical alternative to legalization of assisted suicide that would embrace both the cause of freedom and the anxieties of many about securing good deaths.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xx
Introductionp. 1
Defining the Termsp. 10
An Analysis of the Key Arguments on Both Sidesp. 30
The Origins of the Right-to-Die Movementp. 60
Considering Suicidep. 83
For Abortion, Against Assisted Suicidep. 112
The Coercive Implications of Legalizationp. 129
Conclusionsp. 146
Notesp. 154
Bibliographic Essayp. 175
Indexp. 183
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