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James Rachels Death and Dying James Rachels is one of the most controversial philosophers talkedabout in todays society One of his most talked about topics is whether a person has aright to die or not Not much is known about Rachels expect for the many articles andbooks he has written In the controversy of letting a person die or killing him he doesnot try to explain which method is good and which method is bad He however tries toexplain why they both are bad to a certain degree Rachels does not take one side buttries to convince why one is better than the other In his opinion letting a personstarve to death or just putting him out of his misery by killing him is an ongoingstruggle If you let a person starve to death it might be putting that person through alot of pain but hell still be alive who knows maybe a miracle cure will be found Ifyou killed him on the spot with a lethal injection it would be a more peaceful death butyou would be shortening that persons life Putting a person to death in a peaceful manneris called euthanasia Euthanasia is an ancient word that means easy deathThere is also the issue of morality Would killing someone by their own will or suicide bea moral act What about a patient that is suffering from cancer Is it moral to let thatperson suffer These are some of the many questions people have been trying to answer foryear without success Euthanasia is a very uncomfortable subject to talk about for mostpeople because who wants to think about having to kill oneself or a person that is dear tohis or her life Even though nobody wants to go through the hardship of deciding whether aperson should live or die it happens everyday There are two forms of euthanasia Thereis an active euthanasia and a passive euthanasia Jussim 7-13 This so-called distinctionbetween active and passive
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