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Francis Bacon: prolonger la vie, aider à mourir
Journal Title: RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA 
Author/s: Didier Deleule 
Year:  2012 Issue: Language: French 
Pages:  25 Pg. 81-105 FullText PDF:  530 KB
DOI:  10.3280/SF2012-001007
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Following a common ambition in his time, Francis Bacon reflected on the ways to preserve the self, heal the sick and above all extend life. Here as elsewhere, he did not fail to detect the shortcomings (desiderata) affecting the study of phenomena. Nevertheless, what is truly new – encapsulated in the neologism euthanasia – is the recommendation, when suffering becomes unbearable, not that old-fashioned suicide should be committed but, rather, that technical assistance should be given able to provide a gentle death.
Keywords: Bacon, death, self-preservation, healing the sick, extension of life, euthanasia.

Didier Deleule, in "RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA" 1/2012, pp. 81-105, DOI:10.3280/SF2012-001007

   

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