Conceptual Analysis Assignment
The question:Is euthanasia murder?
1. The ambiguous concepts are euthanasia and, to a lesser extent, murder. We will only be
analyzing the concept euthanasia.
2. Possible meanings for the concept euthanasia are the following:
a. The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or
an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical
b. the act of killing someone painlessly
c. the deliberate killing of painfully ill or terminally ill people to put them out of their misery
d. the act or practice of painlessly putting to death persons suffering from painful and
incurable disease or incapacitating physical disorder or allowing them to die by
withholding treatment or withdrawing artificial lifesupport measure.
3. We now determine which of the meanings of the concept make sense in the context or could be
intended in the context:
a. At first, the meaning seems to apply to the term used in the context. However, when the
definition thoroughly states the methodology that should be used to kill the patient, it is
ultimately inconvenient to the context of the word as a whole. There are many more
painless ways to kill someone which could be used for euthanasia that were not listed as
a method. Therefore, when looking at the definition closely, you see that it does not
apply in context with the term.
b. This definition is vague, but could be relevant in the question
c. This meaning could be relevant depending on what they mean by killing
d. I think that this is the meaning of the word most commonly intended when this question
is asked. Essentially, it states euthanasia as putting a terminally ill person to a painless
death. 4. Out of all the meanings above, only the third requires further explicatio