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COMPARING DIFFERENT VIEWS ON EUTHANASIAEuthanasia is a controversial subject not only because there are many different moral dilemmas associated with it but also in what constitutes its definition At the extreme ends of disagreement advocates say euthanasia is a good or merciful death Opposites of euthanasia say it is a fancy word for murder The author James Rachels provides a clear argument in defense of euthanasia in his article The Morality of Euthanasia While Richard Doerflinger provides a different approach to the issue of euthanasia with his essay Assisted Suicide Pro-Choice or Anti-Life presenting a pro-life argument elaborately illustrated with counter-arguments Although both authors provide adequate evidence to state their claims they dont use the same methods of proving their views Rachels tends to use deductive reasoning of several principals of Utilitarianism and emotion based on life experinces while Doerflinger uses the counter-offensive approach It becomes clear that Doerflingers arguments are more influential than Rachels yet there are certain points and instances where both philosophers fail to be convincing The two authors in connection with each other can be compared to two brave lawyers who stand in front of the jury trying to build a good solid argument in order to successfully convince the jury and everyone else present Yet which is the best way to precede in order to generate this solid argument What is the purpose of generating such an argumentBoth authors rely on their solid arguments and share the same ultimate goal to capture and convince the reader therefore it can be said that whoever generates the best argument will achieve the victory of public opinion Authors who use good arguments also provide evidence to prove their contentions This may involve the usage of a believe system such as Utilitarianism to prove certain arguments Another method can be the usage of actual life examples or stories which create strong feelings of emotion capturing the reader Finally an author can also disprove the
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