Last updated on: 12/1/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Gerald Dworkin, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“The reasons for favoring physician-assisted suicide are not difficult to determine. They consist mainly of the interests that dying patients have in the process of dying being as painless and dignified as possible. They also rely on the interest of patients in determining the time and manner of their death. Autonomy and relief of suffering are values that we all can agree to be important.”

“Introduction,” Euthanasia and Physician-Asssisted Suicide: For and Against

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Davis
  • Senior Research Fellow, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
  • HLA Hart Visiting Fellow, University College, Oxford
  • Editorial Board, Ethics
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Ethics
  • Editorial Board, Bioethics
  • Editorial Board, Legal Theory
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, 1966
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Extended to People Who Are Not Terminally Ill?
  2. Is There a Moral Difference between Passive Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide?