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The Patient's Wish to DieResearch, Ethics, and Palliative Care$
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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

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Dialogue intermezzo: II

Dialogue intermezzo: II

(p.171) Chapter 16 Dialogue intermezzo: II
The Patient's Wish to Die

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Heike Gudat

Kathrin Ohnsorge

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Kathrin Ohnsorge’s question of whether the ideal of avoiding the imposition of one’s own perspective on another still leaves open the possibility of challenging a person’s wish to die. One side of the dialogue argues that holding back one’s own arguments might make a person feel disrespected in his or her sense of autonomy. Similarly, the discussion adds that carefully challenging a person, for his or her own good, is an act of respect for that person. Another part of the dialogue holds that both the patient’s and the physician’s perspective are important, and that together they should reach a joint conclusion through dialogue, while another viewpoint also underlines that there are epistemic conditions that must be respected in order for the understanding of each other to be just. The chapter finally reminds us of the importance of providing emotional support and explaining why one might be challenging a person’s wish to die.

Keywords:   wish to die, respect for autonomy, challenging, dialogue, emotional support

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