Intending and Causing
Author: Frey, R.
Source: The Journal of Ethics, Volume 9, Numbers 3-4, October 2005 , pp. 465-474(10)
Abstract:In much of the contemporary discussion of end of life cases, active killing is forbidden doctors, whereas the passive bringing about of death is, e.g., a rather common occurrence in our hospitals. In the former sorts of cases, doctors are held to be causes of death; in the latter sorts of cases, they are held not to be. If they did not cause a death, even though they did passively bring it about, we cannot use casual responsibility for a death in order to raise possible questions about moral responsibility for that death. I here look at part of this insistence that doctors are not a part cause of death and call it into question.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 43403, USA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: October 2005