Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Clinical Ethics, v.8, no.3, (Fall 1997), p.290-302 SIEC No: 20030049

This paper offers an intersubjective account of merciful assistance & the good or appropriate death, that draws on the moral philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. The author advocates an approach to provider-assisted suicide that pursues a strategy of engagement in the circumstances of death, arguing that mercy involves a profound responsiveness to the vulnerability & suffering of the other. The author addresses a number of vulnerabilities experienced by those seeking the release of death, including: loss of meaning or purpose, misunderstanding, & unnecessary suffering.