Last updated on: 6/2/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Thomas Fuchs, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Active euthanasia, as we could further show, means a radical detachment from the traditional orientation of medicine. By its intention it does not aim at the ‘good dying’ of the patient but immediately at his death. With that, however, the physician inevitably passes and executes an absolute, ultimate judgment upon the value of a given, present human live. The concurrent evaluation of the patient himself cannot release him from this responsibility. On the contrary, the respect for the patient’s will and autonomy stands in contradiction to the action of killing which destroys the autonomous functioning of the organism. This action against the living body is in itself directed against the person whose psychophysical union is the basis of all medical action.”

“The Notion of Killing: Causality, Intention, and Motivation in Active and Passive Euthanasia,” Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy, 1998

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:
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg
  • Editorial Board Member of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Editorial Board Member of Psychopathology
Education:
  • Habilitation, Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg, 1999
  • PhD, Philosophy, University of Munich, 1999
  • MD, University of Munich, 1990
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Moral Difference between Passive and Active Euthanasia?
  2. What Is Passive Euthanasia?