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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 1010
Professor
William Pietro
Semester
Winter

Description
Conceptual Analysis Assignment Kiran Shaikh 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 treatment. 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
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