First Advisor

Howe, Jonathan T.

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Bowie, Thomas


DiSanto, Ronald


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

47 pages


In this thesis, the author argues that the value of life transcends mere biological existence. She uses several situations of suicide and one example of euthanasia to argue that the morality and ethics surrounding these decisions is contextual to the specific situation. Through her own personal stories and through the case of Terri Schiavo, she attempts to determine when it is acceptable to take one's own life and when it is right to let a person die. The author also uses different philosophical arguments to present this case including the ideas of Immanuel Kant, Utilitarianism, Libertarianism, and Catholicism. She concludes with her argument for a contextual approach to the ethics surrounding death.

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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