Euthanasia

Euthanasia     (Religion and Ethics 3a)

  1. What is meant by the term Sanctity of Life?
  2. Give two examples of quotes you could use to show the Sanctity of Life
  3. Why might some argue that Sanctity of Life is still relevant in the modern world?
  4. Why might some argue that Sanctity of Life is no longer relevant in the modern world?
  5. What is meant by the term Quality of Life? Which key thinker should you include on this? What did he say?
  6. Give one reason why someone might argue that the Quality of Life argument is better than Sanctity of Life.
  7. Give two problems with using the concept of Quality of Life to judge the value of life.
  8. What is meant by the term personhood?
  9. Why might someone argue that this is a helpful approach to deciding the rights and wrongs of euthanasia?
  10. Why might someone argue that personhood is not helpful?
  11. What is meant by the term voluntary euthanasia? What examples could you use?
  12. Give two arguments in favor of voluntary euthanasia.
  13. Give two arguments against voluntary euthanasia.
  14. What is meant by the term ‘slippery slope’?
  15. What is meant by the term non-voluntary euthanasia?
  16. What arguments might there be both for and against non-voluntary euthanasia.
  17. Draw a spider diagram, which shows how Natural Law and then Situation Ethics may be applied to euthanasia.
  18. Give two strengths of the Natural Law approach to euthanasia.
  19. Give two weaknesses of the Natural Law approach to euthanasia.
  20. Give two strengths of the Situation Ethics approach to euthanasia.
  21. Give two weaknesses of the Situation Ethics approach to euthanasia.
  22. Which scholars do you need to include when writing about euthanasia?
  23. What do they say?
  24. Which approach to euthanasia do you prefer? Sanctity of Life? Quality of Life? Autonomy? Personhood? Why?

 

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