Baruch A. Brody (auth.), Baruch A. Brody (eds.)'s Suicide and Euthanasia: Historical and Contemporary Themes PDF

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1989 Kluwer Academic Publishers. 40 BARUCH A. BRODY the physician may withdraw from specific therapeutic interventions and leave life in the hands of God ([7], pp. 107-108). It is not my intention in this essay to argue that this viewpoint is entirely incorrect. Judaism has not traditionally stressed patient autonomy, and it has on the whole opposed suicide and euthanasia. I shall argue, however, that it is not committed to a belief in the sanctity of human life, to a belief that mere physical existence is in the patient's best interest or to a belief that residual life in pain has infinite worth.

There is much to recommend Joachim's emendation of the text at 1138a6-7 (translated by Irwin), which makes Aristotle say simply that the law forbids anyone to kill himself. 14 Presumably, like Plato in Laws IX, Aristotle thinks that other suicides will be motivated by excessive fear, and so will be acts of cowardice rather than irascibility. The crucial point is that, if he thinks the law will contain a blanket prohibition of suicide, he must think that every suicide will be brought about by some excess or deficiency that makes the act an act of some or other specific vice.

Protag. 320c3-4, 320c3-4, 324d5-6). 324d5-6). As As is is well well known, known, Plato Plato appends appends GREEK PHILOSOPHERS ON EUTHANASIA AND SUICIDE 35 eschatological myths to illustrate and extend the philosophical content developed in the logos of certain of his dialogues. Especially in the cases of Gorgias, Phaedo and Republic, these myths have much to say that is relevant to the topic of suicide. However, as Socrates' discussion of his own rhetorical displays in the myths of the Phaedrus makes abundantly clear, myths convey truth in a derivative and secondary way and are not to be confused with properly philosophical exposition.

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