Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Patrick Hopkins, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Philosophy at Millsaps College
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“But if we are cruel in refusing to let nature free patients from the trap of technology, we are both cruel and conceptually blind when we refuse to let technology free patients from the trap of nature… When we remove machines playing these functional roles from hurting and hopeless patients, we kill those ‘trapped by technology.’ But this is not a bad thing. It is bad when we refuse to grant people trapped by nature the same benefit.”

“Why Does Removing Machines Count as ‘Passive’ Euthanasia?”, The Hastings Center Report, 1997

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, Millsaps College
  • Affiliate Scholar, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)
  • Former Postdoctorate Research Fellow, Applied Ethics, Bowling Green University
  • Former Research Assistant, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee at Memphis
  • Former Research Assistant, Yerkes Primate Research Center
Education:
  • PhD, Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • MA, University of Mississippi
  • BA, Experimental Psychology, University of Mississippi
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Moral Difference between Passive and Active Euthanasia?