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LEGITIMIZING THE SHAMEFUL: END-OF-LIFE ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEATH

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ABSTRACT

This paper explores one of the most politically sensitive and intellectually neglected issues in bioethics – the interface between the history of contemporary end-of-life ethics and the economics of life and death. It suggests that contrary to general belief, economic impulses have increasingly become part of the conditions in which contemporary end-of-life ethics continues to evolve. Although this conclusion does not refute the philosophical justifications provided by the ethics for itself, it may cast new light upon its social role.

Keywords: burdensome life; euthanasia; hegemony; history; ideology; political economy; unspoken argument

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8519.2007.00520.x

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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