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James Rachels, PhD Biography

Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The process of being ‘allowed to die’ can be relatively slow and painful, whereas being given a lethal injection is relatively quick and painless.”

“Active and Passive Euthanasia,” The New England Journal of Medicine, 1975

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Dr. Rachels’ book, The Elements of Moral Philosophy, has sold more copies than any other ethics text in America, according to Gregory Pence, a fellow University of Alabama at Birmingham philosopher who studied under Dr. Rachels
  • Dr. Rachels’ 1975 article “Active and Passive Euthanasia” was the first article published by a moral philosopher in the New England Journal of Medicine and today is still one of the most-reprinted articles in ethics
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967
  • BA, Mercer University, 1962
  • Passed away, Sep. 2003