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Unformatted text preview: SOME PROBLEMS WITH CONSENT THEORY: PART I: EUTHANASIA AND SUICIDE I. For John Locke and many others, consent seems to be the key to both an acceptable governrnent, an acceptable -- and moral -- legal system, and social justice. II. Assumption: We consent autonomously – and the autonomous consent (of free/rational people) is what matters. a. “The Autonomy Theory of Contract” i. Autonomy as the central value ii. Who one is/issues of fairness do not necessarily make a contract void iii. Consent makes any contractual terms valid (?) 1 III. What does this mean? a. A contract into slavery? (if the act is voluntary) b. The sale of individual rights? c. Etc…? IV. Is this a good thing? a. Maybe, because: i. Values are subjective: the value of anything for us is just the value that we autonomously decide that it possesses ii. Self-ownership is inherently valuable: our bodies are our property b. But, is autonomy a property right?...
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- Spring '07
- active euthanasia