Year: 1975 Source: New York: Harper & Row, 1975. p.388-400 SIEC No: 19911336

This article begins by defining suicide along Durkheim’s principles. The author then discusses whether the death of Socrates was suicide, as well as outlining the morality of committing suicide. For example, is it moral to commit suicide in order to avoid dishonour in life (e.g. due to faulty military endeavors, or debts)? The author also describes the difference between putting oneself in a situation where death is likely (e.g., the death of explorer, Captain Oates) & unequivocal suicide.(VM)