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2016 | 50 | 138-151
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An Aristotelian Naturalist Perspective on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

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This polemical note looks at the ethical issue of providing artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) to patients with advanced dementia from the perspective of an Aristotelian and naturalist ethics. I argue that this issue may be considered in terms of the Aristotelian notion of eudaimonia, well-being. I present a number of facts about the conditions of human life that contribute to eudaimonia. In addition, I present a number of facts about advanced dementia as well as clarify the goals of medicine. From these facts, I argue that we are not ethically obligated to provide ANH to this class of patients.
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50
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138-151
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2016-12
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  • Department of Philosophy University of Sudbury
References
  • Aristotle, The Complete Works of Aristotle, The Revised Oxford Translation, 2 vol., Bollingen Series LXXI, J. Barnes (ed.), Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ 1984.
  • Paolo C. Biondi, Rachel Haliburton, “Thinking About End of Life in Teleological Terms,” Diametros (45) 2015, p. 1–18.
  • Erik M. Clary, “On the Nature of Tube Feeding: Basic Care or Medical Treatment?” Ethics and Medicine (26/2) 1998, p. 81–91.
  • Carol Collier, Rachel Haliburton, Bioethics in Canada: A Philosophical Introduction, Second edition, Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., Toronto 2015.
  • E.-L. Marcus, O. Golan, D. Goodman, “Ethical Issues Related To End Of Life Treatment In Patients With Advanced Dementia – The Case Of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration,” Diametros (50) 2016, p. 141–160.
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