By Peter J. Whitehouse, Jesse Ballenger, Sid Katz (auth.), David N. Weisstub, David C. Thomasma, Serge Gauthier, George F. Tomossy (eds.)
Decisions on the finish of Life is the final quantity in a trilogy on Aging conceived for the International Library of Ethics, legislation, and the NewMedicine. prime students from a number of disciplines learn essentially the most emotive issues within the examine of getting older: assessing caliber of lifestyles, bettering end-of-life care, palliative care, euthanasia, and consent to research.
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Values can be considered universals of meaning about what is good and what is bad. Values imply options, preferences, and behaviors translated into formal prima facie principles that can be filled with contents through specific rules of conduct. The ways in which principles are understood or realized in individual lives and in the life of society may differ. Every member is homo duplex, at the same time individual and part of a collective. The shaping of expectations, satisfactions, and anxieties occurs at the interface between individual systems of meaning and the culture of the community informed by values expressed in traditions throughout the generations.
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Dependency on others is felt as painful and degrading, particularly ETHICS AND QUALITY OF LIFE 27 when it is not accompanied by the feeling that help is provided, not in exchange for money, but as an expression of a caring attitude. In final analysis, the mediating role of the construct quality of life consists in harmonizing individual demands with societal interests. This harmonization constitutes an ethical imperative insofar as it involves choices and options. Values can be considered universals of meaning about what is good and what is bad.