Impurities of Death

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Death is how a person chooses to view it as. It is a beautiful part of nature, while others fear it. It hurts to watch a loved one suffer through an illness. There is controversy determining whether it is moral to assist a patient’s death. Opinions of it being considered murder have risen. One’s body is just material, one is determined by their soul. Religious views toward it seem to overrule the philosophical viewpoint. Morality is based on how one views it. A claim is true, so long as it is useful. Physician-assisted suicide should be legal for terminally ill patients. One’s body is just material, one is determined by their soul. The termination one’s body is not the end of the soul. The issue of morality and its religious stages have been touched by Soren Kierkegaard and William James. Kierkegaard believes there are stages to prove one’s authenticity. The Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious stage. Doctors would be considered to be in the ethical stage because they go beyond themselves and become universal to the world. Kierkegaard believes that the majority of Christians are inauthentic because they need assurance to for what is right and wrong. For example, they go to church to hear the word of God and they apply those rules to their daily life. For one to achieve higher goals, one must suspend what is right and what is wrong. James’ theory of Pragmatism is the belief that a claim is true, as long as it is useful. Truth is an event, not an objective characteristic. If a physician assists a terminally ill patient’s death with mutual agreement, and the patient believes it is right, it is useful. James believes we must experiment, test or put an idea into practice to know its truth. Physician-assisted suicide is considered immoral but Utilitarianism defines morality through Immanuel Kant’s theory of Net Utility. Utilitarianism is based on morally good acts that
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