Suicide: Right or Wrong?

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Is suicide ever rationally or morally justified? A host of suicide related matters are explored in this timely collection of essays that clarifies the battlelines of public debate surrounding this intense and painful topic. This classic volume has been updated and expanded with ten new selections, making it one of the most complete works available on the subject.
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Overview

Is suicide ever rationally or morally justified? A host of suicide related matters are explored in this timely collection of essays that clarifies the battlelines of public debate surrounding this intense and painful topic. This classic volume has been updated and expanded with ten new selections, making it one of the most complete works available on the subject.
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Various perspectives on selling yourself the farm. Among the 17 essays are views by Seneca, Aquinas, Hume, Kant, and Joyce Carol Oates. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780879755959
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 The Stoic View 35
2 The Catholic View 40
3 Reason and Superstition 43
4 Duties towards the Body in Regard to Life 50
5 Attitudes toward Suicide 57
6 Medicide: The Goodness of Planned Death 67
7 Love and Death 76
8 Selling Death and Dignity 87
9 Report of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the AMA 96
10 Suicide, Self-Sacrifice, and Coercion 105
11 The Rhetoric of Suicide 118
12 Suicide and Self-Inflicted Death 127
13 Suicide and Self-Starvation 136
14 Mastering the Concept of Suicide 150
15 Suicide: Its Nature and Moral Evaluation 162
16 Preventing Suicide 177
17 The Ethics of Suicide 186
18 The Ethics of Suicide Prevention 196
19 Theistic and Nontheistic Arguments 207
20 Voluntary Death, Property Rights, and the Gift of Life 211
21 The Morality and Rationality of Suicide 226
22 On Choosing Death 238
23 The Art of Suicide 242
24 The Morality of Physician-Assisted Suicide 247
25 Is There a Right to Die? 265
26 Suicide and Rights 283
Appendix The Supreme Court on Physician-Assisted Suicide 301
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