Book Volume 93 2008

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

The New Catholic Debate


ISBN: 978-1-4020-6206-3 (Print) 978-1-4020-6207-0 (Online)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XII

  2. The Issue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1

    2. Chapter

      Pages 3-38

      Why do Unresponsive Patients Still Matter?

    3. Chapter

      Pages 39-60

      Are We Morally Obliged to Feed PVS Patients Till Natural Death?

    4. Chapter

      Pages 61-76

      Caring for Persons in the “Persistent Vegetative State” and Pope John Paul II’s March 20 2004 Address “On Life-Sustaining Treatments and the Vegetative State”

    5. Chapter

      Pages 77-100

      Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests

  3. Philosophers Address the Issue

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101

    2. Chapter

      Pages 103-110

      Quality of Life and Assisted Nutrition

    3. Chapter

      Pages 111-122

      Towards Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

    4. Chapter

      Pages 123-140

      Understanding the Ethics of Artificially Providing Food and Water

    5. Chapter

      Pages 141-162

      The Ethics of Pope John Paul’s Allocution on Care of the PVS Patient: A Response to J.L.A. Garcia

  4. Symposium on the Views of Fr. Kevin O’Rourke, O.P.

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 163-163

    2. Chapter

      Pages 165-178

      Reflections on the Papal Allocution Concerning Care For PVS Patients

    3. Chapter

      Pages 179-188

      The Papal Allocution Concerning Care for PVS Patients: A Reply to Fr. O’Rourke

    4. Chapter

      Pages 189-192

      Response to Patrick Lee

    5. Chapter

      Pages 193-210

      The Morality of Tube Feeding PVS Patients: A Critique of the View of Kevin O’Rourke, O.P.

  5. Concluding Reflections

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 211-211

    2. Chapter

      Pages 213-226

      Ten Errors Regarding End of Life Issues, and Especially Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

  6. Back Matter

    Pages 227-229