This book proposes a defense of the centrality of patient decision-making autonomy in end-of-life bioethics. The underlying idea behind this argument is that our moral reflection schemes are now being questioned and urged to redefine their assumptions from the novelty of bioethical problems. In particular, focusing on end-of-life issues such as euthanasia, termination of therapies, terminal sedation, the book highlights the need for a theoretical reflection, even before practice, on questions such as: what does it mean to evaluate morally a certain choice ? Which individuals may be involved in a decision and have a voice in ethical evaluation? What do they mean, and what moral value do they have, the distinctions between killing and letting die or killing someone intentionally and provoking their death unintentionally? In its continuous reflection between theoretical reflection and practical reflection, the book does not give up taking all the consequences of the proposed argumentation, by openly supporting the moral goodwill of voluntary active euthanasia.
|Translated title of the contribution||Morality at the time of bioethics: a defense of choice|
|Place of Publication||Florence|
|Number of pages||146|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|