Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions

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Broadview Press, Aug 26, 2011 - Philosophy - 192 pages

Suicide was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012!

Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions is a provocative and comprehensive investigation of the main philosophical issues surrounding suicide. Readers will encounter 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. Intended both for students and for seasoned scholars, this book sheds much-needed philosophical light on one of the most puzzling and enigmatic human behaviors.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
ONE The Nature of Suicide
15
TWO The Moral Impermissibility of Suicide
39
THREE The Moral Permissibilityof Suicide
70
FOUR Is Suicide Ever a Duty?
98
FIVE Suicide Prevention andIntervention
115
SIX Assisted Suicide
139
Why?
163
Conclusion and Summary
175
Bibliography
177
Index
183
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Michael Cholbi is Professor of Philosophy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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