Life and Death

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In this short, rhetorical article, I offer a thought experiment that seeks to make an analogy between 'life' and 'disease'. This article was written whilst under the influence of Nietzsche, and I hope that readers will not mistake the polemical style and the occasional nod towards humour for flippancy. This is a serious subject, and this article attempts to ask, inexplicitly, a serious question. If we do suspend our subjective value judgements about life, and strip away what might be considered the 'dogma' of value in life, what effect might this have on our feelings towards voluntary euthanasia, and what can our reaction to that thought experiment tell us?


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-259
Number of pages3
JournalHealth Care Analysis
Issue number3
Early online date16 Aug 2007
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2007


  • life, death, voluntary euthanasia, disease, thought experiment