EOL 11-1 - Brock No killing/letting die distinction VAE is...

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Brock No killing/letting die distinction VAE is (at least) no worse than VPE. Good consequences of allowing VAE: 1. Self-determination/autonomy 2. Insurance against a slow, painful death (helpful even if it’s never used) 3. Reduced duration of suffering for dying patients who are in severe pain (physical or psychological) 4. We care about how we die, VAE allows some people to die with greater dignity.
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What is self-determination/autonomy? Very roughly, it is the capacity to be able to recognize and choose among courses of action; the capacity to make decisions about how one’s life goes. Why is self-determination/autonomy valuable? Very roughly, there is an ancient (Aristotelian) idea that a creature’s life goes best when it is able to exercise its distinctive capacities.
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P1. Given the value of being able to make important decisions about one’s life in accordance with one’s own values and conception of the good, individuals are presumed to have a moral right to make such decisions for themselves. P2.
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