David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Faith and Philosophy 16 (3):315-335 (1999)
In this paper I examine one line of argument against the claim that (some) suicide may be morally legitimate. This argument appeals to a putative moral principle that it is never licit to assault an innocent human life. I consider some related arguments in St. Augustine and St. Thomas, and I explore two possible senses of “innocent.” I argue that in one sense the putative moral principle is very implausible, and in neither sense is it true that all suicides assault an innocent life. So this line of argument fails to establish the desired universal prohibition of suicide
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
D. R. Cooley (2006). Crimina Carnis and Morally Obligatory Suicide. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (3):327 - 357.
Michael Cholbi (2000). Kant and the Irrationality of Suicide. History of Philosophy Quarterly 17 (2):159-176.
Lawrence Amsel (2011). What is Wrong with Rational Suicide. Philosophia 39 (1):111-123.
Avital Pilpel & Lawrence Amsel (2011). What is Wrong with Rational Suicide. Philosophia 39 (1):111-123.
Jukka Varelius (2012). Ending Life, Morality, and Meaning. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):559-574.
Brian Harding (2009). The Virtue of Suicide and the Suicide of Virtue. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 14 (1):95-111.
R. G. Frey (1999). Hume on Suicide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 24 (4):336 – 351.
David J. Mayo (1986). The Concept of Rational Suicide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 11 (2):143-155.
Daniel J. Hill (2011). What is It to Commit Suicide? Ratio 24 (2):192-205.
Elizabeth B. Ziesenis (1991). Suicide Coverage in Newspapers: An Ethical Consideration. Journal of Mass Media Ethics 6 (4):234 – 244.
Thomas Holden (2005). Religion and Moral Prohibition in Hume's 'Of Suicide'. Hume Studies 31 (2):189-210.
Michael Cholbi (2012). What is Wrong with “What is Wrong with Rational Suicide”. Philosophia 40 (2):285-293.
Craig Paterson (2010). Review of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: A Natural Law Ethics Approach. [REVIEW] Ethics and Medicine 26 (1):23-4.
Christopher Cowley (2006). Suicide is Neither Rational nor Irrational. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (5):495 - 504.
Added to index2011-12-02
Total downloads3 ( #308,276 of 1,102,075 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #192,057 of 1,102,075 )
How can I increase my downloads?