Year: 1996 Source: Journal of Value Inquiry, v.30, no.3 (September 1996), p.431-443 SIEC No: 20021077

This article contends that, because of various individual rights, duties to others are the only considerations that ever make suicide morally wrong. But individual rights sometimes justify suicide despite your duties to others. Individual rights must be weighed against duties to others in order to determine the moral status of particular suicides. Ten objections are answered, most of which come from Margaret Battin. The article also specifies some of the rights and circumstances that justify suicide. Two circumstances are explored: personal suffering and degradation.