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Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Dennis Cooley North Dakota State University
"Michael Cholbi's Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions is a well-written, thoughtful introduction to a sensitive and perennial moral issue. The work is a valuable tool to undergraduates and those seeking to understand the standard positions on suicide that will continue to influence ethical discussions about, among other things, what the definition of suicide is, whether the taking of one's own life is permissible, and if suicide can be a duty under any set of circumstances."
Margaret Pabst Battin University of Utah
"This is a philosophers' book, full of twists and turns and exhaustive examination of arguments on all sides of the issue. The book is remarkably sensible in its exploration of conceptual issues, with a good ear for inquiry. Cholbi dissects the arguments over mind/body dualism, the non-identity problem, the claim that "life is a gift from God," and the question of whether suicide is ever a duty, among many others, with meticulous care. It is a fine book, an extraordinary contribution to the philosophic discussion of a seriously overheated issue."
R.F. White
"This outstanding example of contemporary applied ethics also represents state-of-the-art philosophical thought on suicide. …[Suicide is a] well-written, rigorously argued book [that] will be very valuable for courses and programs in applied ethics, health care ethics, and death and dying."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551119052
  • Publisher: Broadview Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,191,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cholbi is Professor of Philosophy at California State Polytechnical Institute, Pomona.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Nature of Suicide
1. Some Examples
2. What Should a Definition of Suicide Capture?
3. Suicide as Intentional Self-Killing
4. Can Suicide Be Coerced?
5. Conclusion
Chapter 2: The Moral Impermissibility of Suicide
1. Christian Arguments for the Impermissibility of Suicide
2. Non-religious Arguments for the Impermissibility of Suicide
3. Conclusion
Chapter 3: The Moral Permissibility of Suicide
1. Must a Permission Be Justified?
2. Self-defense
3. Self-knowledge
4. Self-ownership
5. Autonomy and Rationality
6. Conclusion
Chapter 4: Is Suicide Ever a Duty?
1. Clarifying a “Duty to Die”
2. Suicide in the Service of a Political or Religious Cause
3. Suicide Ordered by the State
4. Suicide to Unburden Others
5. Suicide to Prevent the Deaths of Others
6. Conclusion
Chapter 5: Suicide Prevention and Intervention
1. Benign vs. Problematic Measures
2. Why Prevent or Intervene?
3. The Paternalism Objection
4. Morally Permissible Anti-suicide Measures
5. Availability of Lethal Means
6. Conclusion
Chapter 6: Assisted Suicide
1. A Duty to Assist Suicide?
2. Physician-assisted Suicide
3. Aiding Suicide and the Slippery Slope
4. Costs, Benefits, and Institutional Design
5. Conclusion
Epilogue: Why?
1. Opportunity
2. Motive
3. Means
Conclusion and Summary
Bibliography
Index

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