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Against the nihilism of ‘legal age change’: response to Räsänen
  1. Toni C Saad
  1. Correspondence to Toni C Saad, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; tonisaad1{at}


Räsänen has attempted to make a moral case for permitting some people to change their legal age: if someone considers that their chronological age does not correspond to their emotional age or biological age, and they face age-based discrimination as a result, they may change the legal record of their age. This response considers some of the problems with Räsänen’s paper, including its reliance on equivocation. It concludes that what is billed as a moral argument turns out to be a conflicted case for deception which relies on a nihilistic outlook on reality.

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  • Contributors TCS is the sole and original contributor to this submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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