Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Patient's Wish to DieResearch, Ethics, and Palliative Care$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Heike Gudat, and Kathrin Ohnsorge

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713982.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 March 2019

End-of-life ethics from the perspectives of patients’ wishes

End-of-life ethics from the perspectives of patients’ wishes

(p.161) Chapter 15 End-of-life ethics from the perspectives of patients’ wishes
The Patient's Wish to Die

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the moral implications of wishes to die from the perspective of the individual who holds the wish. Drawing on phenomenological literature, wishes can be described as intentional, passive–active mental dispositions. Wishes are multilayered, extraordinarily complex, and deeply relational subjective phenomena, which can be considered as a prime part of the human capacity to participate in the social world and to be oriented towards the future. A serious wish is an initiative, since it can effect a course of actions. It can be seen as a ‘beginning’—even though the wish, in the circumstances of illness and dying, may be directed towards life’s end. Given the characteristics of end-of-life situations, the patient who expresses a wish to die is faced with serious ethical questions, and a few of these are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   end-of-life situations, wish to die, ethical questions, phenomenological literature

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .