CEU Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020
|Title||Assisted Dying, Depression and Autonomy: A Case Against Self-Determination|
|Summary||Severely depressed people are allowed to die with assistance in only four countries in the whole world. Those who advocate for it claim that any seriously ill adult should have the opportunity to die with assistance through their right to self-determination – the right to determine what is in their best interest. Those who oppose it claim that depression makes patients non-autonomous and incompetent of making end-of-life decisions. In this thesis I argue that assisted dying should be available to severely depressed people. However, I disagree with both of the camps. I argue that the self-determination model is not adequate because it is either practically unlimited or it fails to achieve its function. Alternatively, I propose the consent model of autonomy on which patients merely authorize the doctors to assist them in dying, while the patient’s best interest is determined objectively by the doctors.|
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