Suicide the philosophical dimensions

This work is a comprehensive investigation of the main philosophical issues surrounding suicide. It contains seminal arguments concerning the nature of suicide and its moral permissibility, the duty to die, the rationality of suicide, and the ethics of suicide intervention. This book sheds philosoph...

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Main Author: Cholbi, Michael
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: London Eurospan c 2011
Peterborough [u.a.] Broadview c 2011
Series/Journal:Broadview guides to philosophy
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Suicide / Philosophy
Further subjects:B Suicide Philosophy
B Suicide Moral and ethical aspects
B Suicide
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Summary:This work is a comprehensive investigation of the main philosophical issues surrounding suicide. It contains seminal arguments concerning the nature of suicide and its moral permissibility, the duty to die, the rationality of suicide, and the ethics of suicide intervention. This book sheds philosophical light on one of the most puzzling and enigmatic human behaviors
The nature of suicide. Some examples ; What should a definition of suicide capture? ; Suicide as intentional self-killing ; Can suicide be coerced? -- The moral impermissibility of suicide. Christian arguments for the impermissibility of suicide ; Non-religious arguments for the impermissibility of suicide -- The moral permissibility of suicide. Must a permission be justified? ; Self-defense ; Self-knowledge ; Self-ownership ; Autonomy and rationality -- Is suicide ever a duty? Clarifying a "duty to die" ; Suicide in the service of a political or religious cause ; Suicide ordered by the State ; Suicide to unburden others ; Suicide to prevent the deaths of others -- Suicide prevention and intervention. Benign vs. problematic measures ; Why prevent or intervene? ; The paternalism objection ; Morally permissible anti-suicide measures ; Availability of lethal means -- Assisted suicide. A duty to assist suicide? ; Physician-assisted suicide ; Aiding suicide and the slippery slope ; Costs, benefits, and institutional design -- Epilogue: Why? Opportunity ; Motive ; Means -- Conclusion and summary
ISBN:1551119056