Personhood and Euthanasia in African Philosophy

  • Motsamai MolefeEmail author


In this chapter, Molefe reflects on the bioethical question of euthanasia in light of the African personhood-based view of dignity. He structures the chapter as follows. In the first section, he begins by defining crucial terms and proceeds to contextualise the discussion in light of the South African legal literature on the question of euthanasia. In the second section, Molefe propounds an account of a good death in the light of personhood by considering the normative idea of an elder in African cultures. In the final section, Molefe rehearses the view of dignity associated with personhood and then applies it to the question of euthanasia, where he ultimately argues that it is permissible.


Achievement dignity Elder Euthanasia Intrinsic dignity Suffering Terminal illness 


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  1. 1.University of Fort HareEast LondonSouth Africa

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