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Premises and evidence in the rhetoric of assisted suicide and ...

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This article presents an examination of the premises and evidence in ... conclusions based upon the available evidence, whether empirical or ... 3 pages
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Premises and evidence in the rhetoric of assisted suicide and euthanasiaBrian L. Mishara a,⁎, David N. Weisstub ba Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canadab Legal Psychiatry and Biomedical Ethics, Université de Montréal, Canadaa b s t r a c ta r t i c l e i n f oAvailable online 18 October 2013Keywords:EuthanasiaAssisted suicideSuicideRational suicideSlippery slopeIn debates about euthanasia and assisted suicide, it is rare to find an article that begins with an expression ofneutral interest and then proceeds to examine the various arguments and data before drawing conclusionsbased upon the results of a scholarly investigation. Although authors frequently give the impression of beingimpartial in their introduction, they invariably reach their prior conclusions. Positions tend to be clearly dichot-omized: either one believes that the practice of euthanasia or assisted suicide is totally acceptable or completelyunacceptable i...