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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self$
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Joel Feinberg

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780195059236

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195059239.001.0001

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The Choice of Death

The Choice of Death

(p.344) 27 The Choice of Death
The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self

Joel Feinberg

Oxford University Press

The most important example of the influence of distraction or impairment on the voluntariness of consent is also the most difficult: the deliberate choice of one's own death made by a person who is incapable of killing, or unwilling to kill, himself. Feinberg devotes his chapter to the examination of the question of how the request for death made by an acutely suffering or depressed person can be voluntary enough for an enlightened criminal law to recognize it as ground for a kind of justified homicide.

Keywords:   choice, death, euthanasia, suicide, voluntariness

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