Did Descartes doom Terri Shiavo?

  • John Leland
  • Published 2005 in The New York times on the Web


Beneath the political maneuvering and legal wrangling, the case re-enacted a clash of ideals that has run through the history of Western thought. And in a way, it's the essential question that has been asked by philosophers since the dawn of human civilization. Is every human life precious, no matter how disabled? Or do human beings have the right to self… (More)