Profoundly Diminished Life: The Casualties of Coercion


  • E. Haavi Morreim

    Associate Professor
    1. College of Medicine, University of Tennessee, Memphis
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    • E. Haavi Morreim, “Profoundly Diminished Life: The Casualties of Coercion,” Hastings Center Report 24, no. 1 (1994): 33–42.


The “futility debate” turns on intractable conflicts of deeply held beliefs about the value of life. It raises practical moral dilemmas of how best to permit parties to honor their own values without coercing unwilling others.