Originally published in 1995, this volume addresses a topical subject: assisted suicide. The book discusses the issues surrounding the morality of suicide and in so doing clarifies the literature in applied ethics. It critiques the complex moral and religious arguments on the topic offered by philosophers and theologians. It establishes a middle position between those who hold that suicide is never morally permissible and those who claim it always is and it determines when second parties ought to aid and when they ought to prevent suicides.
Table of Contents
1. Popular and Religious Arguments Against Suicide 2. Philosophical Arguments Against Suicide 3. From Permissable to Obligatory Suicide 4. The Role of Others in Suicide 5. Schopenhauer and Camus: Suicide and the Hero. Epilogue. Appendix: Defining Suicide.