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We can construct an animal that doesn’t matter but whose good matters (McMahan, 2002 p. 275).
‘to respect a person is to show appropriate acknowledgment that his good is important in the same way that any other person’s is, and to defer to his autonomous will in certain matters, principally those concerning how his own life should go’
A person’s good matters only insofar as she, the person, has value.
A person’s right to shorten her life would be a right to destroy her value.
Preventing a person from exercising such a right would not be intrinsically wrong.
No such right exists.
Velleman, 1999; 2008