Poverty, age discrimination, and health care

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College S. J. Quinney College of Law
Department Law (College of)
Creator Francis, Leslie
Title Poverty, age discrimination, and health care
Date 1985
Description In Euripides' play Alcestis, Alcestis' middle-aged husband, Admetus, is told by the gods that it is his turn to die next. Admetus bargains a reprieve, promising in exchange to find another soul to take his place. His friends all turn him down. So do his father and mother. Admetus rebukes his father for the refusal. But his father replies that life is precious to him, too: "You are glad to see the light; do you suppose your father isn't?" (Hadas, 1960: 19). His father does not waver in the belief that he has no obligation to give up his life for Admetus, even though Alcestis, Admetus' wife and mother of their small children, volunteers to take Admetus' place. Alcestis, too, believes that "nothing is so precious as life." She is not, however, generous in her evaluation of her father-in-law's refusal to take Admetus' place. She thinks it appropriate for Admetus' parents, who had "come to a time of life fitting for death," to make the sacrifice (Hadas, 1960: 9-10).
Type Text
Publisher Santa Clara University. Philosophy; Dept.
Volume 6
First Page 117
Last Page 129
Subject Alcesti, Section, Objective
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Francis, L. P. (1985). Poverty, age discrimination, and health care In Logos: philosophic issues in Christian perspective, 6, 117-29.
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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