Guest Editors: Bonnie Steinbock and Paul Menzel
This special issue has its origins in a two-part workshop entitled “Dying Well”, held in November and December 2015 at the Centre for Bioethics of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where numerous scholars and practitioners from Hong Kong and four other countries presented. Rather than simply publish workshop proceedings, it was decided to publish articles based on a selection of presentations that focused specifically on philosophical questions raised by advance directives and euthanasia/assisted suicide. To these, a spirited debate on paid organ donation was added. This debate, which was not part of the “Dying Well” workshop, also took place at CUHK in November 2015. Finally, a case commentary was included from a workshop by a physician with the CUHK Centre for Bioethics on the existential and spiritual challenges raised by caring for terminally ill patients.
Introduction by the Guest Editors
Bonnie Steinbock, and Paul T. Menzel
Why a Market in Organs is Inevitably Unethical
Alastair V. Campbell
The Unjustified Policy Against a Market in Kidneys
Advance Care Planning: What Gives Prior Wishes Normative Force?
Nancy S. Jecker
Reflections on the Development of Advance Directives in Hong Kong
What We Owe Terminally Ill Patients: The Option of Physician-Assisted Suicide
On Rationally Valuing One’s Life
Caring for Terminally Ill Patients: Existential and Spiritual Concerns
Shekhar Madhukar Kumta