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From Negative to Positive Right to Die at Home
Care Management Journal (2005)
  • Israel Doron
Abstract
The choice of the old and terminally ill to die at home has been the subject of various types of research. However, one of the aspects of this subject, which has been investigated very little, is its legal context. The absence of such legal research is contrasted by the vast amount of academic writing on the legal aspects of the right to die with dignity and euthanasia . The object of this article is to analyze and break down the “right to die at home” into its different legal components. This legal analysis will be based on Prof. Isaiah Berlin’s definition of two different concepts of liberty: negative and positive freedoms. The main conclusion from the legal analysis presented in this article is that it is important to understand that at the legal level the right to die at home is dependent on many different elements. These elements may be classed in two basic categories: negative and positive freedoms and rights. Even though the former is a necessary condition of the latter, without the latter the first remains purely theoretical for many old people.
Keywords
  • Dying; Death; Home
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Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
Israel Doron. "From Negative to Positive Right to Die at Home" Care Management Journal Vol. 31 Iss. 8 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/israel_doron/14/