Transcendence/religion to immanence/nonreligion in assisted dying

Lori G. Beaman (Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)
Cory Steele (Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada)

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ISSN: 2056-4902

Publication date: 14 May 2018



The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the ways in which the Supreme Court of Canada has shifted away from transcendent/religious to nonreligious conceptualizations of assisted dying.


A discourse analysis of a Supreme Court of Canada case on assisted dying and the facta of the 26 associated interveners.


The research points to a shift away from religious to nonreligious understandings in the way the Court conceptualizes suffering, pain, illness and assisted dying.


This paper contributes to the understanding of nonreligion as a social phenomenon.



Lori G. Beaman would like to acknowledge financial support for research through her SSHRC funded Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change.


Beaman, L.G. and Steele, C. (2018), "Transcendence/religion to immanence/nonreligion in assisted dying", International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 129-143.



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