Euthanasia, dying well and the slippery slope


Peter Allmark 88 Murray Road, Sheffield S11 7GG, England


Arguments in favour of voluntary euthanasia tend to be put in utilitarian terms This paper suggests an alternative, neo-Aristotelian argument justifying certain individual acts of both suicide and voluntary euthanasia It goes on to examine the slippery slope arguments against legalizing euthanasia It is suggested that such arguments cut both ways However, the suggestion that we ought therefore to permit a social experiment in voluntary euthanasia is set alongside the Dutch experience The latter seems to imply that if such experiments are to take place then great caution needs to be applied