Sleep Softly: Ethics, Schubert and the Value of Dying Well
Free Public Lecture
Ian Potter Auditorium
Kenneth Myer Building
T: 8344 9800
In 1824, ill and conscious of his own mortality, Franz Schubert incorporated a theme from one his earlier lieder “Der Tod und das Mädchen” (Death and the Maiden) into a new string quartet. Schubert’s emotive musical treatment of Claudius’ poem evokes the intense conflict between struggle and acceptance in the face of death.
Medical professionals, especially those who work in palliative care, often have considerable experience of dying and death, and have a view about what would constitute a “good death”. But what does it mean for a death to be good?
Is there an objective sense of what would count as a good death?
What ethical weight should be placed on the importance of a good death?
Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow 2018 Dominic Wilkinson is Director of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford and will present a meditation on music, mortality and ethics including a performance of Schubert’s String Quartet Number 14 (second movement).
This event is hosted in conjunction with Melbourne Law School
Professor Dominic Wilkinson, Professor of Medical Ethics
Professor Dominic Wilkinson
Professor of Medical Ethics
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics University of Oxford
Dominic Wilkinson is Director of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medical Ethics at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. He is a consultant in newborn intensive care at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He also holds a health practitioner research fellowship with the Wellcome Trust. Dominic has published more than 100 academic articles relating to ethical issues in intensive care for adults, children and newborn infants. He is the author of 'Death or Disability? The 'Carmentis Machine' and decisionmaking for critically ill children' (Oxford University Press 2013). He is editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and managing editor of the open access Journal of Practical Ethics.