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Do humans have the right to commit suicide?

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Started: 11/12/2012 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shlbygrnwlt

Pro

If a person is so unhappy that they have to suffer for the rest of their natural life, should they be forced to suffer? What if it isn't as selfish as people make it out to be? What if they are alone anyways and don't have anything else to complete with their life? What's your view point on suicide or/and assisted suicide?
theodora

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Suicide and assisted suicide should not be ligal because they are contrary to the dignity and preciousness of life. A thing (as opposed to a state or property) can be valuable in one of two ways (keeping in mind the above distinctions): First, it might be valuable as a vehicle or carrier of what is per se valuable. If human beings were valuable in that way, then they would not be per se valuable, but only the states or properties that they bore or carried would be of per se value. Or, secondly, a thing might be valuable because it is per se valuable, that is, it is valuable for its own sake, and not as a means toward what it enables to be instantiated. But, human beings must be valuable in the second way rather than in the first way. For if they were valuable only as mere vehicles for what is per se valuable, then it would always be morally right to kill one child, provided one agreed to replace him with two others. No human beings would have more than replaceable value. None would have the kind of value that almost all of us recognize that at least some human beings do have. So, human beings are intrinsically valuable, that is, valuable per se. This means that they themselves are valuable, not just as vehicles for what is valuable.
So, since what I am is a living bodily entity, and the thing which I am is intrinsically valuable, it follows that this bodily entity itself is intrinsically valuable. To deny that is to denigrate one's bodily life, to demean one's bodily person. Suicide and euthanasia necessarily involve a denigration of the very thing which you and I are, our bodily lives. The choice of suicide or euthanasia unavoidably involves a denial of the intrinsic dignity of the human person."
Mooving on to my next argument dignity of human right must override any individual will to suicide. The dignity and inviolability of life is an absolute principle. It does not matter if a dying person does not appreciate that dignity and desires to be euthanized; the dignity of their life and life in general still must be protected.
Debate Round No. 1
shlbygrnwlt

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theodora

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Debate Round No. 2
shlbygrnwlt

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by darkcity 4 years ago
darkcity
An easy win if you don't forfeit ; -)
Posted by frozen_eclipse 4 years ago
frozen_eclipse
Because of the way you worded the debate it seems a easy win for you. If you would have made this a "should" debate i would have accepted.
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