Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE: THE NATURE OF SUICIDE
- Some Examples
What Should a Definition of Suicide Capture?
Suicide as Intentional Self-killing
Can Suicide Be Coerced?
CHAPTER TWO: THE MORAL IMPERMISSIBILITY OF SUICIDE
- Christian Arguments for the Impermissibility of Suicide
Non-religious Arguments for the Impermissibility of Suicide
CHAPTER THREE: THE MORAL PERMISSIBILITY OF SUICIDE
- Must a Permission Be Justified?
Autonomy and Rationality
CHAPTER FOUR: IS SUICIDE EVER A DUTY?
- Clarifying a “Duty to Die”
Suicide in the Service of a Political or Religious Cause
Suicide Ordered by the State
Suicide to Unburden Others
Suicide to Prevent the Deaths of Others
CHAPTER FIVE: SUICIDE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
- Benign vs. Problematic Measures
Why Prevent or Intervene?
The Paternalism Objection
Morally Permissible Anti-suicide Measures
Availability of Lethal Means
CHAPTER SIX: ASSISTED SUICIDE
- A Duty to Assist Suicide?
Aiding Suicide and the Slippery Slope
Costs, Benefits, and Institutional Design
CONCLUSION AND SUMMARY