HEC Forum

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 345–359

The Ethicist as Language Czar, or Cop: “End of Life” v. “Ending Life”


DOI: 10.1007/s10730-013-9215-3

Cite this article as:
Koch, T. HEC Forum (2013) 25: 345. doi:10.1007/s10730-013-9215-3


Bioethics promises a considered, unprejudicial approach to areas of medical decision-making. It does this, in theory, from the perspective of moral philosophy. But the promise of fairly considered, insightful commentary fails when word choices used in ethical arguments are prejudicial, foreclosing rather than opening an area of moral discourse. The problem is illustrated through an analysis of the language of The Royal Society Expert Panel Report: End of Life Decision Making advocating medical termination.


Assisted dying Bioethics Euthanasia Health policy Royal Society Expert Panel Report 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alton Medical CentreTorontoCanada

Personalised recommendations