Book review. Aiming to kill: the ethics of suicide and euthanasia

Coggon, John (2006) Book review. Aiming to kill: the ethics of suicide and euthanasia. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32, (9), 556. (doi:10.1136/jme.2006.016857).


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The literature on euthanasia and suicide is substantial and ever growing. In his book Aiming to kill, Nigel Biggar, a theologian, adds to this something that is hard to come across, in a concise but comprehensive form. His book explores the theological basis of the sanctity of life doctrine: rather than merely asserting what the doctrine demands, simply citing as authority that it is a traditional and fundamental principle, he offers an account of its historical and modern-day rationale.

The book is divided into four unequal parts, whose quality varies. These chapters are designed to provide: firstly, the appropriate sociolegal and ethical context; secondly, an overview and analysis of arguments relating to the value of life; thirdly, an overview and analysis of arguments on the morality of killing; and finally, a section drawn from the conclusions of previous chapters and expounding the threat of the “slippery slope”

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/jme.2006.016857
ISSNs: 0306-6800 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 343848
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2006Published
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2012 14:49
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:35

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