Cause Of Death By John Callahan

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Callahan begins his argument by saying that many people cannot come up with a valid distinction between killing and allowing to die. “The standard distinction being challenged rests on the commonplace observation that lives can come to an end as the result of: (a) the direct action of another who becomes the cause of death (as in shooting a person), and (b) the result of impersonal forces where no human agent has acted (death by lightning, or by disease)” (Callahan, 341). He makes this clear so the reader knows the difference between death caused by human nature and death caused by nonhuman events. These challenges induce Callahan to bring up two different premises. Callahan says, “The first is that people can become equally dead by our omissions
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