Euthanasia Or Death Assisted to (It's) Dignity

  • István Király V., PhD Associate Professor Department of Philosophy Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania Former Chief Editor The Philobiblon Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities, Romania
Keywords: Euthanasia, dying, death, existential analytics, fundamental ontology, ontology of death, metaphysics of death


The paper attempts to conceptualise the “ancient” issues of human death and human mortality in connection to the timely and vital subject of euthanasia. This subject forces the meditation to actually consider those ideological, ethical, deontological, legal, and metaphysical frameworks which guide from the very beginning any kind of approach to this question. This conception – in dialogue with Heideggerian fundamental ontology and existential analytics – reveals that, on the one hand, the concepts and ethics of death are originally determined by the ontology of death, and, on the other hand, that, on this account, the question of euthanasia can only be authentically discussed in the horizon of this ontology. It is only this that may reveal to whom dying – our dying – pertains, while it also reveals our relationship to euthanasia as a determined human potentiality or final possibility. Thus euthanasia is outlined in the analysis as the possibility of becoming a mortal on the one hand, while on the other hand, it appears in relation to the particularities of its existential structure, which essentially differ from the existential and ontological structure of any other possibility of dying. This is why it should not be mixed up with, or mistaken for, any of these.


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Euthanasia Or Death Assisted to (It's) Dignity
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Király V., I. (2017). Euthanasia Or Death Assisted to (It’s) Dignity. SOCRATES, 4(4), 42-64. Retrieved from