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Increased longevity — thanks largely to improvements in health care and medical technology — is devoutly to be wished for, but in a sense it only puts off the inevitable: we all die, and some of us seem to make a better end than others. How much choice should we have about how and when we go? How do we know when someone is competent to make such a decision and who else, if anyone, should be involed? What criteria matter most in making the decision?
Euthanasia is a standard topic in philosophical ethics classes and the arguments are well-known.…
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