Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

2016 Edition
| Editors: Henk ten Have

Slippery Slope

  • Douglas Walton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09483-0_394


In global bioethics, the slippery slope argument has been used in such issues as abortion, legalizing marijuana, physicians having to disclose their HIV status, euthanasia, and gene therapy. Its uses in ethical controversies on the latter two topics have been most prominent, and the main examples treated in this entry are slippery slope arguments about euthanasia and gene therapy.


Ethical argumentation Dam burst argument Thin edge of the wedge Vagueness Eugenics Euthanasia Deliberation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and RhetoricUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada