Supreme Court of Canada


The SCC rules On death and dying – finds 241, b in violation of section 7 of the Charter

Link to an article is from issue 152, HUMANIST PERSPECTIVES:humanist

Active & Passive Euthanasia:
Is there a moral distinction?

by Bob Lane

I started to write “the Sue Rodriguez case has reminded us all…” and then I realized how wrong that is. It is not the Sue Rodriguez ‘case’ — it is Sue Rodriguez who has reminded us all of our own mortality and our need to think carefully about the kind of society we want to live and to die in. I knew Sue Rodriguez only through the media, heard her speak so eloquently and painfully in support of what she believed in, watched as her strength was sapped by the devastating disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), and was moved by her clear thought and her bravery as a person facing death. Here was a woman who acted on her beliefs with courage and tenacity and whose grace has enriched us all. [Click on title above for the article.]

Calhoun College at Yale University

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Philosophy 176: Death

In 26 lectures Yale Professor Kagan discusses the philosophical questions that arise when one contemplates the nature of death. A brilliant and engaging lecturer, Kagan has become a philosophical super star. The link takes you to Lecture 1 0 Course Introduction.


A poem.

20th International Congress on Palliative Care

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  1. Kagan’s lectures are excellent. Here’s a bit from the Yale News:
    China National Radio in September noted: “Kagan lectures the students while sitting on the podium with legs crossed and wearing jeans and sneakers. His image, resembling that of an ‘immortal’ in Chinese mythology, has made him a ‘star’ closely followed by the youth in China. Ever since Kagan’s philosophy class ‘Death’ appeared on the internet through Open Yale Courses, many young people in China scramble for the lectures given by this unconventional professor who could have been considered ‘out of line’ according to the traditional Chinese standard of teaching style and manner.

    “To teach and inspire the students, one doesn’t need to read off a textbook and follow all the doctrines,” added China National Radio. “Kagan’s way and philosophy of teaching should be learned and drawn lessons from by many college professors in our country.”


    for Poster Submissions

    Deadline: April 30, 2014

    Dear Colleague,

    The deadline for submitting abstracts for poster presentation at the International Congress on Palliative Care, to take place September 9-12, 2014, at the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Canada, is April 30, 2014.

    Abstracts on all aspects of end-of-life and palliative care are welcome. A full list of subject categories as well as submission instructions can be found on the Congress website (

    Click here to go directly to the Abstract Submission page.


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