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

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

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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