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Food & Philosophy: Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking

Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking:  A Better Way to Die?

Monday, Feb. 25, 5-6:30pm at Fleck Hall, Room 305 (RSVP to Dr. Mark Cherry at

John C. Moskop, Ph.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine,Winston-Salem, NC

As people in developed nations approach the end of life, they typically have several well-known health care options, including treatments intended to prolong life, treatments designed to relieve suffering and enhance quality of life, including hospice care for those who are eligible, and, in some jurisdictions, physician aid in dying via prescription or administration of lethal medications.  Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) is another end-of-life option that has, until recently, received relatively little attention in the United States.  After a brief review of the broader context of death and dying, this presentation will examine central conceptual, moral, and policy questions about VSED.

Dinner, with vegetarian options, will be provided with a RSVP.


Monday, February 25, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Fleck Hall, Room 305
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Health, Wellbeing & Fitness

Target Audience

Student, Faculty, Staff


Health & Wellbeing


RSVP to Dr. Mark Cherry at

School of Arts and Humanities