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In whose interest?

Thomas Nagel: Euthanasia, 6 October 2011

Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law 
by L.W. Sumner.
Oxford, 236 pp., £35, July 2011, 978 0 19 960798 3
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... where these may also shorten life. In his lucid and powerful book, the Canadian philosopher L.W. Sumner argues that this distinction is indefensible. His target is what he calls the Conventional View, namely that there is ‘an ethical “bright line” between assisted death, on the one hand, and all other end-of-life measures which may hasten death, on the ...

Foetus Rights

Onora O’Neill, 5 November 1981

Abortion and Moral Theory 
by L.W. Sumner.
Princeton, 246 pp., £9.20, May 1981, 0 691 07262 0
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... side of this debate that they had these allies – for their arguments were not convincing. L.W. Sumner’s depiction of these long debates displays clearly how inconclusive they have been. The liberal view, as it has repeatedly been elaborated, sees abortion fundamentally as a private matter: since the foetus is not a person and lacks ‘moral ...

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