Utopia & Utopian Literature By Sir Thomas More Summary and Analysis Book II: The Discourse on Utopia: Euthanasia

Summary

In their care for the sick, the Utopians are extremely solicitous, but when it happens that a person is suffering torturous pain and is known to be beyond hope of cure, he is visited by the priests and magistrates, who encourage him to end his misery. Their proposal is reinforced with reminders of the blessings promised in the future life. It has already been noted that a confident belief in immortality and the happy state of that afterlife was a fundamental point in a Utopian's faith.

Analysis

The introduction of the subject of euthanasia, not to mention the apparent support of it, seems to place More among certain modern thinkers, since that is still a controversial subject.

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