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Letting die: A moral defence

OA Adenugba

Abstract


This paper draws a distinction between letting die and active euthanasia. It argues that there is a moral difference between letting die and active euthanasia which strictly intends to cause death. The difference between letting die and active euthanasia lies in intention though intention in both cases can be said to be ambiguous. This ambiguity calls for the idea of right intention which marks the differences between both concepts. The paper asserts that letting die is not killing and it does not encounter the same moral problems with killing.



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