, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 53–77

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide from Confucian Moral Perspectives


DOI: 10.1007/s11712-009-9147-4

Cite this article as:
Ping-cheung, L. Dao (2010) 9: 53. doi:10.1007/s11712-009-9147-4


This essay first discusses the three major arguments in favor of euthanasia and physician-assisted-suicide in contemporary Western society, viz., the arguments of mercy, preventing indignity, and individual autonomy. It then articulates both Confucian consonance and dissonance to them. The first two arguments make use of Confucian discussions on suicide whereas the last argument appeals to Confucian social-political thought. It concludes that from the Confucian moral perspectives, none of the three arguments is fully convincing.


Euthanasia Assisted suicide Mercy Indignity Autonomy Confucianism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religion and PhilosophyHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong