The Journal of Ethics 9 (3-4):465-474 (2005)

In much of the contemporary discussion of end of life cases, active killing is forbidden doctors, whereas the passive bringing about of death is, e.g., a rather common occurrence in our hospitals. In the former sorts of cases, doctors are held to be causes of death; in the latter sorts of cases, they are held not to be. If they did not cause a death, even though they did passively bring it about, we cannot use casual responsibility for a death in order to raise possible questions about moral responsibility for that death. I here look at part of this insistence that doctors are not a part cause of death and call it into question
Keywords active euthanasia  bringing about  causing  doctrine of double effect  euthanasia  intending  killing  omission  passive death  passive withdrawal
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