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what is good for Ayesha’s car
what is good for Ayesha
Velleman’s key distinction
what is good for a person vs the value of the person herself
Velleman’s other key distinction
doing what is required by her personhood
ensuring that she gets what is good for her
‘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
1. A person’s good matters only insofar as she, the person, has value.
2. A person’s right to shorten her life would be a right to destroy her value.
Therefore (from 1 & 2):
3. Preventing a person from exercising such a right would not be intrinsically wrong.
Therefore (from 3):
4. No such right exists.
Velleman, 1999; 2008