Brief question answer about philosophy
What is the difference between the two questions Velleman says are distinct from each other in the second paragraph of the article?
When Velleman opposes a legally protected right to euthanasia, does that mean he believes no one is ever entitled to assistance in dying?
Why does Velleman want to dissociate himself from arguments usually offered to support an obligation to facilitate some deaths?
Explain the two different concepts of dignity Velleman discusses, and why he supports one one rather than the other.
Explain the two different concepts of autonomy Velleman discusses, and why he supports one one rather than the other.
Why does Velleman say that the very conditions which make euthanasia permissible compromise the very dignity that euthanasia allegedly is supposed to protect? Do you agree?
What seemingly paradoxical claim does Velleman make about people who request euthanasia? (Hint: the key concept here is dignity)
What are the four examples Velleman uses to illustrate the idea that having options can actually make one worse off? Chose the one you feel you understand the best, and explain it. Doe he make a good case?
In your own words, explain Velleman’s reason for thinking that presenting patients with the option of euthanasia makes them worse off.
What is paternalism, and why does Velleman claim that it would be wrong to label his argument as paternalistic?
What is Velleman’s position on the moral and legal status of euthanasia? Would you say it is more like Hooker’s or more like Beauchamp’s? Explain.