Is Death Ever Preferable to Life?

  • Ian N. Olver

Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 152-167

About this book


This is an original contribution to the much debated area of the value that we should place on human life. With the euthanasia issue highlighted in the public arena this book argues for a non-absolutist highest value on life ethic and how that fits with society's current emphasis on individual autonomy. Not only are the arguments for and against placing a highest value on life explored but the way of arguing particularly the use of slippery slopes is discussed. By the use of everyday examples the impact of placing a high value on life is explored. A futuristic intensive care ward round illustrates the ethical and resource issues with which we would be challenged in adopting a highest value on life policy for medical decisions.
This book will be useful for students of ethics, nursing and medicine as well as those engaged in the public debate on euthanasia.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Ian N. Olver
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  1. 1.University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer CentreAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6178-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1976-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1567-8008
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