Suicide and False Desires (IN: Moral Issues, ed. by J Narveson)
Martin R M
This chapter notes that the claim that a person did not really want to die, is often part of an attempt to justify a policy of forceful intervention to prevent a suicide. Four legitimate senses in which someone may be said to have false desires are identified. However, the chapter argues that claims that suicide is always or usually a false desire, are unfounded. It also argues that intervening or interfering in even those cases in which the desire for death is a false one, is not justified.