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The Oxford Debates. Assisted Dying and Euthanasia: Is it Morally acceptable?

Andrew Copson and Andrew Grey Chaired by Stephen Law

Thursday, 4 April 2019

2:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£8 - £13.50

Leading humanist Andrew Copson and healthcare policy worker Andrew Grey debate whether it is morally acceptable to help someone to end their own life?

Do we have a right to die – including a right to medical assistance in bringing about our own death when we are painfully terminally ill? Or is it politically dangerous to allow assisted suicide –the first step on a dangerous slippery slope that will likely lead to people being killed who are merely a burden or inconvenience, or who are deemed by others to have lives not worth living? Is it always morally wrong to take a life, or to assist someone in taking their own life, no matter what the circumstances?

Copson is chief executive of Humanists UK and former director of education and public affairs for Humanists UK. He is also president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and author of Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom.

Grey is author of Dignity at the End of Life: What’s Beneath the Assisted Dying Debate? He has worked in healthcare policy and information for the past five years, focussing on life-limiting conditions and has discussed moral issues on national media. He has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology and ethics.


Discussions are chaired by Dr Stephen Law, philosopher, editor of The Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think – Philosophy for Everyone and author of The Philosophy Gym and The Complete Philosophy Files.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden