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Obviously, paternalists would disagree and maintain that people ought to have the freedom only to pursue what is really worthwhile. This is a very basic quarrel between paternalists and anti-paternalists that I will need to ignore. But the point we have reached in this chapter is a slightly different one: We want to consider whether indirect paternalism might be an option, even when direct paternalism regarding the very same outcome—desired death—is not justified. So the paternalist would agree that direct paternalism would not be justified in the cases under consideration, hence the very basic point about worthwhile options does not apply.
This is probably best seen by the very example of suicide as opposed to assisted suicide. Although there might be a justification of the latter practice after all, the onus of justification is on the side of the defender of assisted suicide, whereas there seems to be presumption of the moral legitimacy of suicide (cf. 14 Obviously, there might be good reasons to oppose suicide and hence to overcome the presumption. Yet, my chapter is not concerned with the legitimacy of suicide but with the evaluation of assistant cases.
Indeed, harm, such as physical injury that involves pain, is intrinsically bad, so why should it matter for normative purposes whether the affected person desires it? There is, however, a convincing response to this objection. ). Feinberg reads the harm principle as requiring the prevention of wrongfully inflicted harms. He also offers two interpretations of the notion “harm”, meaning firstly to injure or damage, and secondly to set back interests. We might want to call the first conceptualization “impersonal harm”, because it does not necessarily involve a point of view of a person; it is simply something undergone, for instance an alteration of the bodily structure.