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Stephen W. Smith: End-of-life decisions in medical care: principles and policies for regulating the dying process

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  1. See, e.g., [1, 2].

  2. See, e.g., St. Thomas Aquinas’ reply to the following objection to the claim that suicide is impermissible: “Further, it is related (2 Maccabees 14:42) that a certain Razias killed himself, ‘choosing to die nobly rather than to fall into the hands of the wicked, and to suffer abuses unbecoming his noble birth.’ Now nothing that is done nobly and bravely is unlawful. Therefore suicide is not unlawful” [4, pt. II–II, q. 64, art. 5]. In reply, St. Thomas writes, “It belongs to fortitude that a man does not shrink from being slain by another, for the sake of the good of virtue, and that he may avoid sin. But that a man take his own life in order to avoid penal evils has indeed an appearance of fortitude (for which reason some, among whom was Razias, have killed themselves thinking to act from fortitude), yet it is not true fortitude, but rather a weakness of soul unable to bear penal evils, as the Philosopher (Ethic. iii, 7) and Augustine (De Civ. Dei 22, 23) declare” [4, pt. II–II, q. 64, art. 5].

  3. See, e.g., Feinberg [5].

  4. See, e.g., Austriaco [6].

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Beckwith, F.J. Stephen W. Smith: End-of-life decisions in medical care: principles and policies for regulating the dying process . Theor Med Bioeth 34, 499–504 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11017-013-9268-y

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