Prior Consent and Valuing Life

  • Paul T. Menzel
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 21)


People value life many ways. “Absolutely”: Do I want to live? Do I think I ought to live? Relatively, viz-a-viz others: What are the relative values of your life and mine? Of an infant’s life, a child’s, a young adult’s, a forty-year-old’s, an octagenarian’s? Relatively, viz-a-viz other things in life: Should I risk my life to climb this mountain? Should I use these resources to increase my chances of staying alive, or should I use them for other things instead? Should they be used to save you? As compensation to others if I die: For how much should I insure my life for my beneficiaries? What damages should be paid to my family if you have wrongfully caused my death?


Life Insurance Monetary Valuation Presume Consent Prior Consent Actual Consent 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul T. Menzel
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  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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