Year: 1998 Source: Journal of Personal and Interpersonal Loss, v.3, no.2, (April-June 1998), p.177-192 SIEC No: 19990087

Logical analysis of arguments in favour of rational suicide reveals 11 commonly encountered premises. Most of these are unclear on close scrutiny, & 6 are ethical propositions that although acceptable to some will not be acceptable to others. The rational suicide literature appears to be an effort to legitimize certain kinds of suicide, largely by appeal to a consensus of experts. This kind of argument is criticized on historical grounds; it has led to moral & social disasters in the past.