Moral case for legal age change

Joona Räsänen*

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Abstract

Should a person who feels his legal age does not correspond with his experienced age be allowed to change his legal age? In this paper, I argue that in some cases people should be allowed to change their legal age. Such cases would be when: (1) the person genuinely feels his age differs significantly from his chronological age and (2) the person's biological age is recognised to be significantly different from his chronological age and (3) age change would likely prevent, stop or reduce ageism, discrimination due to age, he would otherwise face. I also consider some objections against the view that people should be allowed to change their legal age and find them lacking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-464
JournalJOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS
Volume45
Issue number7
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • ethics
  • health care for specific diseases/groups
  • minorities
  • public policy
  • social aspects

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