Year: 2001 Source: Journal of Ethics, v.5, no.3, (2001), p.221-240 SIEC No: 20040718

The author considers R Dworkin’s argument in “The Philosopher’s Brief on Assisted Suicide,” which claims that the distinction between killing & letting die is morally irrelevant, & the distinction between intending & foreseeing death can be morally relevant but is not always so. The author argues that the killing/letting die distinction can be relevant in the context of assisted suicide, but also attempts to show when it is not. An alternative argument for physician-assisted suicide is offered in conclusion.