Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die by Scott Cutler Shershow

By Scott Cutler Shershow

The right-to-die debate has long past on for hundreds of years, enjoying out such a lot lately as a spectacle of protest surrounding figures akin to Terry Schiavo. In Deconstructing Dignity, Scott Cutler Shershow bargains a robust new state of mind approximately it philosophically. targeting the thoughts of human dignity and the sanctity of lifestyles, he employs Derridean deconstruction to discover self-contradictory and harmful assumptions that underlie each side of the debate.

Shershow examines texts from Cicero’s De Officiis to Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals to courtroom judgements and non secular declarations. via them he unearths how arguments either aiding and denying the ideal to die undermine their very own unconditional recommendations of human dignity and the sanctity of lifestyles with a hidden conditional good judgment, one usually tied to sensible monetary matters and the shortage or unequal distribution of scientific assets. He is going directly to research the phenomenal case of self-sacrifice, last with a imaginative and prescient of a society—one whose stipulations we're faraway from meeting—in which the controversy can ultimately be resolved. a worldly research of a heated topic, Deconstructing Dignity is additionally a masterful instance of deconstructionist equipment at work. 

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