Mercy Death versus Mercy Killing

How does mercy death differ from mercy killing? Is one more morally acceptable than another? Why or why not? What would virtue ethics, nonconsequentialism, or consequentialism say about this? Some philosophers use the terminology of active vs passive euthanasia, while distinguishing voluntary, involuntary and non-voluntary euthanasia. Active usually refers to doing something to take a life. Passive refers to omitting something and allowing one to die.

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Mercy Death versus Mercy Killing

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Mercy Death versus Mercy Killing


Many people distance themselves from the death topics and do not understand why someone may ask for help in dying or simply want to choose to die. Mercy death and mercy killing are well-known phenomena. Mercy killing happens when someone causes another person’s death based on the conviction that death is appropriate or good for the victim. It is simply terminating a person’s life without him or her asking for it. On the other hand, mercy death is the direct action to end one’s life when he or she requests for it (Moreno, 2000). This happens when opinions and facts show that death is the best solution. Neither mercy killing nor mercy death

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