Durkheim's Arguments Against Physician Assisted Suicide

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When it comes to the ethnics (religious reasons) of being for or against that falls under functionalism, “the theory that various social institutions and processes in society exist to serve some important (or necessary) function to keep society running” (Conley, 29), this is the perspective that various parts of society are interdependent; they all work together to make up one functioning society. Physician-assisted suicide is one of the small parts that are not necessary for society but wanted, “a society must change through a natural and gradual process. An implication to this perspective it that no part of society should be altered unless all of the society’s functions are clearly known” (Luhman, 35) in the United States, physician-assisted suicide has been slowly become legal since the 1990’s.

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