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I. Concept – II. Differentiation – III. Historical Survey – IV. The Ethics of Assisted Dying – V. Current Challenges

I. Concept

The word euthanasia is ambiguous. It derives from Greek and etymologically refers to dying a “good death” (felici vel honesta morte mori). But it has become a source of confusion, taking on connotations that were not present in its antique usage. Now it is ambivalent, sometimes denoting…

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Honecker, Martin, “Euthanasia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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