Title

The Rationality and Morality of Dying Children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2011

Journal

Hastings Center Report

Volume

41

Issue

6

First Page

30

Last Page

41

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hcr.2011.0139

Abstract

Formal reason is not adequate to explain how we think through real-life problems and make moral decisions about them. A far richer account of rationality is necessary. Interviews conducted with children who have leukemia, and who must figure out by themselves that they are dying and how they should handle that information, illustrate a range on informal tools that must be part of that account.

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