As the above discussion indicates, even an analysis of normativeethical theories doesn't provide a clear answer to what shouldbe done in the case of euthanasia. Normative ethical theoriesprovide no basis for consistent decision making because thereis no consensus of the good. Differences between individual valuehierarchies and lack of agreement on what constitutes "good"means that people can use normative ethical theories to defendwhichever position they choose to take. It is clear that mostof the arguments made either for or against euthanasia are derivedon the basis of normative ethical theories, but that they provideno clear mechanism for determining which decision is best. I willattempt to provide some clearer decision making mechanisms inthe conclusion of this paper.


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