The Ethics of Suicide : Historical Sources, Paperback / softback Book


The spectrum of views about the ethics of suicide-from the view that suicide is profoundly morally wrong to the view that it is a matter of basic human right, and from the view that it is primarily a private matter to the view that it is largely a social one-lies at the root of contemporary practical controversies over suicide.

This collection of primary sources-the principal texts of philosophical interest from western and nonwestern cultures, from the major religious traditions, and from oral cultures where observer reports of traditional practices are available, spanning Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, and North and South America-is intended to facilitate exploration of such current practical issues by exhibiting the astonishingly diverse range of thinking about suicide throughout human intellectualhistory, in its full range of cultures and traditions.

This collection has no interest in taking sides in these debates; rather, it hopes to expand the character of what have been rather linear recent debates on issues like physician-assisted suicide, suicide in social protest, and suicide bombingsby making them multidimensional.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Ethics & moral philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780195135992


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