Dying in a Liberal Society

  • Jeff MalpasEmail author
Part of the Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures book series (SCPT, volume 30)


One of Max Charlesworth’s most important contributions has been to the development of contemporary bioethical thinking. In Bioethics in a Liberal Society, Charlesworth explores the consequences of the liberal commitment to the core value of autonomy across a range of areas beginning with the end of life. Focusing on just this latter issue, this contribution explores the question whether the principle of autonomy is indeed adequate to be the primary principle on the basis of which to address the issues surrounding the end of life. Part of the underlying concern here is thus with the nature of our dying in a ‘liberal society’ of the sort Charlesworth describes.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  2. 2.Latrobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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