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The Argument from What Is Good for Me

What moves people like Feinberg and Mcmahan and others to think that people have a right to kill themselves if they rationally judge that doing so will make their lives better?

‘there is a presumption in favor of deferring to a person’s judgment on the subject of [her] own good’


‘a person has the right to make [her] own life shorter in order to make it better’

Velleman, 1999 p. 607

One last thing: I think this helps us to understand where Feinberg is going when he uses the slur ‘paternalistic’div