Contemporary Perspectives on Rational Suicide [NOOK Book]


This text brings together spokespersons from several different disciplines who can present their arguments for or against rational suicide as a viable concept and, consequently, a realistic option.

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Contemporary Perspectives on Rational Suicide

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This text brings together spokespersons from several different disciplines who can present their arguments for or against rational suicide as a viable concept and, consequently, a realistic option.

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Provides contrasting perspectives on rational suicide from experts representing many fields. Pro and con matched chapters are divided into three sections on background issues, views of service providers, and insights on special populations. Contributors include religious leaders, attorneys, grief counselors, medical and mental health professionals, and disability rights advocates. Useful for students, legislators, and lobbyists. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 1: PRO
Foreword 2: CON
Ch. 1 Introduction to the Issue of Rational Suicide 1
Ch. 2 PRO: Can Suicide be Rational? Yes, Sometimes 13
Ch. 3 CON: Reasons, Rationality, and Ways of Life 22
Religious Leaders
Ch. 4 CON: The Catholic Condemnation of Rational Suicide 29
Ch. 5 PRO: Is Rational Suicide Rational? 35
Ch. 6 CON: The Influence of Rational Suicide on Nonrational Suicide: A Sociological Analysis of Attitudes 41
Ch. 7 PRO: The Moral Imperative to Suicide 48
Ch. 8 CON: "Rational Suicide" as the New Jim Crow 54
Ch. 9 PRO: Physician-Assisted Dying: A Constitutionally Protected Form of "Rational Suicide" 63
Death/Grief Counselors
Ch. 10 PRO: Rational Suicide: Life and Death Your Way 73
Ch. 11 CON: Counselors and Rational Suicide: Voices from the Opposition 80
Ch. 12 CON: Nursing: Against Suicide 89
Ch. 13 PRO: A Nursing Position that Supports Rational Suicide 95
Ch. 14 CON: Are Compassionate Care and Suicide Mutually Exclusive? 100
Ch. 15 PRO: Physician-Assisted Rational Suicide 107
Ch. 16 CON: Rational Suicide: A Psychiatrist Against 114
Ch. 17 PRO: A Psychiatric Perspective on Rational Suicide: 24 Points of View 121
Ch. 18 PRO: Psychology and Rational Suicide: The Special Case of Assisted Dying 128
Ch. 19 CON: Rational Suicide: A Psychological Perspective 135
Social Workers
Ch. 20 CON: Rational Suicide: Destructive to the Common Good 142
Ch. 21 PRO: In Support of Rational Suicide: A Social Work Viewpoint 148
Death Educators
Ch. 22 PRO: The Presentation of Rational Suicide in Death Education: A Proponent's Position 154
Ch. 23 CON: Rational Suicide: Challenging the Next Generation of Caregivers 160
Disability-Rights Advocates
Ch. 24 CON: The False Autonomy of Forced Choice: Rationalizing Suicide for Persons with Disabilities 171
Ch. 25 PRO: Rational Suicide and the Disabled Individual: Self-Determination Versus Social Protection 181
Ch. 26 CON: Arguments Against Rational Suicide: A Gerontologist's Perspective 188
Ch. 27 PRO: Suicide Can Be Rational for Senescent or Terminal Patients 194
Ch. 28 PRO: A Personal Argument in Favor of Rational Suicide 201
Ch. 29 CON: "Rational Suicide": A Contradiction in Terms 206
Ch. 30 Conclusion 212
References 218
Index 233
Readers' Survey 235
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