A Kantian moral duty for the soon-to-be demented to commit suicide

American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):37 – 44 (2007)
Abstract
It has been argued that, on Kantian grounds, pedophiles, rapists and murderers are morally obligated to take their own lives prior to committing a violent action that will end their moral agency. That is, to avoid destroying the agent's moral life by performing a morally suicidal action, the agent, while he still is a moral agent, should end his body's life. Although the cases of dementia and the morally reprehensible are vastly different, this Kantian interpretation might be useful in the debate on the permissibility of suicide for those facing dementia's effects. If moral agents have a duty to act as moral agents, then those who will lose their moral identity as moral agents have an obligation to themselves to end their physical lives prior to losing their dignity as persons.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/15265160701347478
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,173
External links

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
The Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 1996 - Cambridge University Press.
Lectures on Ethics.Immanuel Kant - 1980 - In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), International Journal of Ethics. Blackwell. pp. 104-106.
Lectures on Ethics.Immanuel Kant - 1930 - London: Methuen & Co..

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Alzheimer Disease and Pre-Emptive Suicide.Dena Davis - 2014 - Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (8):543-549.
A Kantian Duty to Commit Suicide and its Implications for Bioethics.Rosamond Rhodes - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):45 – 47.
Is There Life Not Worthy of Living?Alan Jotkowitz - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):62-63.
Lucinda Among the Bioethicists.Felicia Nimue Ackerman - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):61-62.

View all 11 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

56 ( #91,088 of 2,152,482 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

7 ( #104,841 of 2,152,482 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums