Year: 1988 Source: Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1988. p.92-108 SIEC No: 20030533

This chapter analyzes the philosophical conundrum that evaluating suicide as morally worthy or unworthy is conditional upon a definition of suicide that has moral assertions inherent in it (such as the notion that self-murder implies immoral action). Issues relating to the definition of suicide & the use of a definition in moral evaluation of individual cases of suicide are discussed. Descriptions of people who have died by suicide are included to supplement this dilemma. (SC)