Buddhism, euthanasia and the sanctity of life

Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (5):309-13 (1996)
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Damien and John Keown claim that there is important common ground between Buddhism and Christianity on the issue of euthanasia and that both traditions oppose it for similar reasons in order to espouse a "sanctity of life" position. I argue that the appearance of consensus is partly created by their failure to specify clearly enough certain key notions in the argument: particularly Buddhism, euthanasia and the sanctity of life. Once this is done, the Keowns' central claims can be seen to be either false or only restrictedly true



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Damien Keown: Buddhism and bioethics.Dermot Feenan - 1998 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 19 (4):401-405.

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