Active Euthanasia

Active Euthanasia
Reaction Statements

· Part of the exercise is the “one clear sentence” at the beginning of paragraphs. These are short exercises, but you should take time to formulate clear and precise wording. The first paragraph is usually just one sentence! (See instructions for each assignment.)

· It will always strengthen your essay if you can identify whether an argument (including an objection) is consequentialist or nonconsequentialist, and you probably cannot earn an “A” without doing that correctly.

· No quotations (or only the very shortest); the exercise is about using your own words. You are citing page numbers for ideas in the text, not for direct quotations.

IMPORTANT:

All reaction statements ask you to develop arguments.

· To “develop” is to elaborate and explain why the claim in the first sentence of the paragraph is a strong one.

· Stay on the exact point. Don’t list several different points. (If you want to develop more than one point, use separate paragraphs.

Topic : Voluntary active euthanasia.

1. Propose a law. Formulate what you regard as the “soundest possible” law permitting active euthanasia in some form. It will include in what circumstances active euthanasia would be permissible, including the protections necessary to prevent abuse.

Although this is what you regard as the “soundest possible” law, you are not committed to defending it. This assignment gives you the choice of defending or opposing the law on ethical grounds.

2. Indicate whether you support or oppose this law. This paragraph will just be one sentence, indicating whether you judge the law to be or not be ethically sound.

3. Develop the strongest argument against your position.

· If you support this law, develop the strongest ethical argument against the law. Begin with “one clear sentence” stating the exact argument. The remainder of the paragraph will then develop this argument. To “develop” is to elaborate and explain why the argument is a sound one, one which is worthy of acceptance.

· If you oppose this law, develop the strongest ethical argument in favor of the law. Begin with “one clear sentence” stating the exact argument. The remainder of the paragraph will then develop this argument. To “develop” is to elaborate and explain why the argument is a sound one, one which is worthy of acceptance.

· Stay on this one exact argument. Don’t list several different response. (If you want to develop more than one argument, do so in separate paragraphs, each one beginning with a clear statement of the exact point you will develop. You will need a following paragraph (#4 below) responding to each argument.

4. Your response to the opposing argument. Defend your position for or against the law, taking into account the objection in the previous paragraph.

· Begin with one clear sentence stating your exact response. Then develop that exact line of argument. To “develop” is to elaborate and explain why your response is a sound one, one which is worthy of acceptance.

· Stay on this one exact point. Do not just list different points. If you wish to develop more than one response to the opposing argument, do so in different paragraphs, stating each response in one clear sentence at the beginning of the paragraph and then developing that response in the remainder of the paragraph.

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