The personhood paradox and the 'right to die'

Ford, Mary (2005) The personhood paradox and the 'right to die'. Medical Law Review, 13 (1). pp. 80-101. ISSN 0967-0742

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Abstract

Considers how the concept of personhood operates in end of life decision making, including the extent to which the right to die constitutes a paradox of personhood. Examines philosophical arguments on the properties of personhood and how the concept differs from mere existence as a human being. Assesses how these arguments affect the debate on the quality of life of persons in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) or with terminal illnesses.