PDC Homepage
Home » Products » Purchase

The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 21, Issue 3, Autumn 2021

Candace Vogler
Pages 391-396

Giving Our Humanity Its Due

In this paper, the author takes the perspective of the patient who is very ill and facing death and examines the traditional ethical question of whether forgoing medical treatment, including artificial hydration and nutrition, is equivalent to suicide. She approaches this question by way of a discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle and via a critical look at David Hume. At the end, she turns to Elizabeth Anscombe for the light that this twentieth-century philosopher sheds on the question.