Pascal’s Wager and Deciding About the Life-Sustaining Treatment of Patients in Persistent Vegetative State
First Online: 26 April 2011 Received: 07 April 2011 Accepted: 13 April 2011 DOI:
10.1007/s12152-011-9113-9 Cite this article as: Varelius, J. Neuroethics (2013) 6: 277. doi:10.1007/s12152-011-9113-9 Abstract
An adaptation of Pascal’s Wager argument has been considered useful in deciding about the provision of life-sustaining treatment for patients in persistent vegetative state. In this article, I assess whether people making such decisions should resort to the application of Pascal’s idea. I argue that there is no sufficient reason to give it an important role in making the decisions.
Keywords End of life decisions Life-sustaining treatment Pascal’s Wager Patient Persistent vegetative state References
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