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The Significance of the Ultimate End for the Feeding of PVS Patients: A Reply to Kevin O’Rourke

  • Peter F. RyanS.JEmail author
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Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 110)

Abstract

Fr. Kevin O’Rourke argues: “If a person does not have the ability nor the potency to perform human acts now or in the future, then that person can no longer strive for the purpose of human life and it does not benefit the person in this condition to have life prolonged.” He concludes that “there is no moral obligation to prolong the life of persons in vegetative state from which they most likely will not recover,” and thus holds that caregivers need not arrange for the feeding and hydration of such patients (O’Rourke, 2008a, 174).

Keywords

Moral Obligation Vegetative State Eternal Life Proximate Intention Bodily Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mount St. Mary’s SeminaryEmmitsburgUSA

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