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Word Count – 1500 words (10% tolerance), excluding bibliography.
You must utilise at least three sources (preferably more) from the list of e-readings or recommended readings.
Essays must be properly referenced and you must also provide a full bibliography.
Essays must be submitted by the deadline. If the essay is submitted after the deadline without an extension, 5 percentage points per day will be deducted from your result.
1. Consider the medical criteria that have been offered for death. What are the merits and limitations of these definitions for understanding death?
2. Should we regard patients in a permanent vegetative state as alive or dead? What might these cases tell us about the difference between being a person and being a human being?
3. What difference might religious beliefs make for our understanding of what death is and why it matters?
4. Is death a harm? If so, how can a person both be harmed and yet not exist?
5. Discuss and evaluate Epicurus’ view on death.
6. Would immortality be better than mortality? Discuss with reference to Williams.
7. Why is killing morally impermissible?
8. Is abortion morally permissible? Explain your answer with reference to Joyce and Thompson.
9. Is euthanasia morally permissible? If so, under what conditions?
Is there a moral distinction between active and passive euthanasia? Answer with reference to Steinbock and Rachels.