Saramago's Death with Interruptions: A Path to Reconsider Essential Dilemmas Linked to Health Law

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Sandra Wierzba

University of Buenos Aires (UBA) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 7, 2014

Abstract

English Abstract: What would happen if somewhere people would stop dying? In Saramago’s Death with interruptions, after the initial joy associated to the possibility of eternal life, anxiety and conflict invade the community. The end of death not only shakes Philosophy and Religion foundations, but it impacts on various legal institutions as well.

In this paper, we consider the notion of Justice from the Right to Health perspective. In particular, we analyse the concept of “euthanasia" and the current role of insurance from the private law viewpoint, taking into account its “constitutionalization" process. We remark the wisdom of the parable built by the author because of the simplicity, sharpness and versatility when addressing dilemmas that Law cannot fully solve.

Spanish Abstract: Qué ocurriría si en algún lugar la gente dejara de morir? En Las intermitencias de la muerte de Saramago, tras la alegría inicial por la posibilidad de la vida eterna, la ansiedad y el conflicto predominan en la comunidad. El final de la muerte no sólo sacude los cimientos de la Filosofía y Religión, pero también afecta a diversas instituciones jurídicas.

En este artículo se considera el concepto de Justicia desde la perspectiva de derecho a la salud. En particular, se analiza el concepto de “eutanasia” y el papel actual de los seguros desde el punto de vista del derecho privado, teniendo en cuenta su proceso de “constitucionalización”. Se destaca la sensatez de la parábola construida por el autor por su simplicidad, nitidez y versatilidad al abordar los dilemas que la Ley no puede resolver completamente.

Keywords: Health, Law, Literature, Death with interruptions, José Saramago, Salud, derecho, literatura, Las intermitencias de la muerte

Suggested Citation

Wierzba, Sandra, Saramago's Death with Interruptions: A Path to Reconsider Essential Dilemmas Linked to Health Law (November 7, 2014). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 4, No. 6, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2520437

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