Existential Suffering as a Legitimization of Euthanasia

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Several countries have legalized euthanasia on the basis of medically diagnosable suffering over the last decennial; the criteria to which they adhere differ. The topic of this article is euthanasia on the basis of existential suffering. This article presents a recent proposal to legalize euthanasia for people who experience such suffering and then discusses the issue of what the value of life may be, and whether the standard that life is normally something positive should be accepted. This provides the foundation to answer the question of whether euthanasia on the basis of existential suffering should be allowed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages12
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number1
Early online dateNov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • assisted suicide
  • completed life
  • euthanasia
  • existential suffering


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