Last updated on: 6/1/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Leonard Fleck, PhD Biography

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

“The need for health care rationing is inescapable because the parameters for adding care expand each day… The moral challenge is to come up with approaches that are open, rational and democratic, but that limit marginally beneficial and non-costworthy care. In my opinion, there are no good options given the current situation, but assisted suicide is the least worst option.”

“The Right to Suicide, Some Worry, Could Evolve Into a Duty to Die,” The New York Times, April 7, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University
  • Co-principal Investigator for two three-year National Institutes of Health ELSI (ethical, legal, and social implications) grants
  • Past President, Medical Ethics Resource Network of Michigan (MERN)
  • Former Chair, Philosophy and Medicine Committee, American Philosophical Association
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, St. Louis University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Healthcare Resources Be Subject to Rationing?