Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die debate

2014.08.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Cutler Shershow, Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die debate, Chicago University Press, 2014, 205pp,
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2014.08.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Scott Cutler Shershow, Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die debate, Chicago University Press, 2014, 205pp, $37.50 (hbk), ISBN 9780226088129. Reviewed by Catherine Mills, Monash University Political and moral debates about euthanasia and the claimed 'right-to-die' are amongst the most emotive and bitterly fought internationally, in part because the question of whether there is a right to die (and its legitimate parameters if there is) tests some of our most basic intuitions about personhood, moral status and the question of living well. As Scott Cutler Shershow skilfully analyses, the concept of dignity holds a peculiar place in this debate in that both those in favour of a right to die and those opposed to such a right draw upon it to support their positions. But the question of what dignity actually is, and why it is seen to require certain moral and political responses, is far from. . .

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