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Affective and Ethical Tightropes of Witnessing – Highlights from our PhD Workshop

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One of Dame Cicely Saunders’ most enduring legacies is the importance of being present, of witnessing, at the end of life. Academic witnessing at the margins of life and death can require balancing an intense intimacy with simultaneously gaining enough distance to ‘see’ significant or representative broader concepts. What does this mean for us as… Continue reading

Collaboration on Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life

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Suffering and pain present both practical and theoretical problems. This might be surprising. Having long faced the problem of pain, we might have expected it, by now, to be solved. Pain treatment, however, remains woefully inadequate. Chronic pain is not only often incurable and difficult to manage, it is proliferating. Pain treatment and management are… Continue reading

Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life – University of Glasgow Conference April 2018

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Cicely Saunders once stated that ‘suffering is only intolerable when nobody cares’. Yet suffering is a broad concept with many aspects. Members from the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group recently attended a two-day philosophy conference entitled ‘Suffering and Autonomy at the End of Life’. Speakers came from a range of academic disciplines – including… Continue reading

Autonomy and creativity at the end of life

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carved skull in Naples, Italy (courtesy of Ben Colburn)

What does it mean to have a good death? The best way of answering this question takes us via a philosophical theory of the good life. Central to living a good life is the value of autonomy: deciding for yourself what is valuable and living your life in accordance with that decision. Autonomy is an… Continue reading

Euthanasia and the EAPC – philosopher Lars Johan Materstvedt responds to David Clark

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Lars Johan Materstvedt, image courtesy of trygve@finkelsen.no

Lars Johan Materstvedt, a professor of philosophy working in medical ethics, writes in response to Professor David Clark’s post Assisted suicide, euthanasia and the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). Lars Johan is former Chair of the Ethics Task Force on Palliative Care and Euthanasia at the EAPC. The EAPC on euthanasia, 2003 and 2016 After reading… Continue reading

The influence of philosophy, theology and spirituality in the work of Dame Cicely Saunders

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Martina Holder-Franz and David Clark

In this podcast, theologian Martina Holder-Franz and Professor David Clark talk about the influence of philosophy, theology and spirituality in the work of Dame Cicely Saunders, who is often described as the founder of the modern hospice movement. This conversation was recorded during the Symposium on the Life and Work of Cicely Saunders organised by… Continue reading