Lucius Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at John F. Kennedy School of Government
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"We have constructed a three-step argument for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: Assuming patient consent, 1) we may permissibly cause death as a side effect if it relieves pain, because sometimes death is a lesser evil and pain relief a greater good; 2) we may permissibly intend other lesser evils to the patient, for the sake of her greater good; 3) therefore, when death is a lesser evil, it is sometimes permissible for us to intend death in order to stop pain. Call this the Three-Step Argument."
"Physician-Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, and Intending Death," in Physician-Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate, 1998
Experts 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:
Lucius Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government Member, Editorial Boards of Utilitas, Philosophy & Public Affairs, and Legal Theory Member, Advisory Board of the Routledge International Library of Philosophy Member, Grant Recipient, American Council of Learned Societies Former Fellow, Guggenheim Foundation Former Fellow, American Association of University Women Former Fellow, Columbia Law School, Former Fellow, Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions Former Fellows, Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Former Member, advisory board of the Routledge International Library of Philosophy
Former Consultant on Ethics, World Health Organization