Heleen M Dupuis

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Ethicists differ considerably in their reasons for using empirical data. This paper presents a brief overview of four traditional approaches to the use of empirical data: "the prescriptive applied ethicists," "the theorists," "the critical applied ethicists," and "the particularists." The main aim of this paper is to introduce a fifth approach of more(More)
Some facts about euthanasia practices in The Netherlands are given. It is shown that there are several possible courses of action at the end of life, of which active euthanasia is the most problematic. Euthanasia is related to respect for the patient and the patient's right to refuse medical treatment. Some moral arguments against and in favour of(More)
In this article the various descriptions and interpretations of professional autonomy, as have been given in the articles from Belgium, Italy and the UK are subjected to a further analysis. The implicit claim that professional autonomy of physicians is beneficial for the health of patients is scrutinized and is proven to be untrue and invalid. The(More)
This article gives an impression of the experience with legal euthanasia practices in the Netherlands for approximately 25 years. Some figures are presented about the medical presence at the end of life. Also the legal and moral aspects of euthanasia are addressed. The article starts with a description of the background of the debate on euthanasia and gives(More)
This paper challenges the traditional assumption that descriptive and prescriptive sciences are essentially distinct by presenting a study on the implicit normativity of the production and presentation of biomedical scientific facts within evidence-based medicine. This interdisciplinary study serves as an illustration of the potential worth of the concept(More)