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Human dignity and the right to assisted suicide


Baumann, Holger; Schaber, Peter (2017). Human dignity and the right to assisted suicide. In: Muders, Sebastian. Human dignity and assisted death. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 218-229.

Abstract

If a person competently requests another person to assist her in dying, she thereby exercises her normative power to make the act permissible that belongs to her rights over her own body. Denying a person this normative power means, on the view developed in this chapter, to disrespect her human dignity. We thus argue against views that regard terminating one’s own life (by the help of others) as morally impermissible for reasons of human dignity. At the same time, however, we do not think that exercises of a person’s normative power to end her life provide others with any reasons to help nor does it put them' under a duty to assist. Respect for human dignity only requires us to respect a person’s normative power to make assisting acts morally permissible

Abstract

If a person competently requests another person to assist her in dying, she thereby exercises her normative power to make the act permissible that belongs to her rights over her own body. Denying a person this normative power means, on the view developed in this chapter, to disrespect her human dignity. We thus argue against views that regard terminating one’s own life (by the help of others) as morally impermissible for reasons of human dignity. At the same time, however, we do not think that exercises of a person’s normative power to end her life provide others with any reasons to help nor does it put them' under a duty to assist. Respect for human dignity only requires us to respect a person’s normative power to make assisting acts morally permissible

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Item Type:Book Section, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:right versus permissibility, assisted suicide, dignity as a status, dignity as a value, normative authority over one’s body
Language:English
Date:October 2017
Deposited On:15 Dec 2017 12:22
Last Modified:30 Mar 2018 05:50
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780190675967
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190675967.003.0013
Related URLs:http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780190675967.001.0001/oso-9780190675967-chapter-13

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