Year: 1983 Source: Journal of the History of Ideas, v.44, (1983), p.429-454 SIEC No: 20031293

The article depicts Kant’s view of suicide through a thorough comparison with that of the stoics. The latter held suicide to be morally licit in some circumstances because of their functional conception of human dignity & worth. Kant developed his own view in conscious interaction with stoic precedents, with which he was familiar, but eventually rejected the stoic position because his conception of persons as autonomously co-constitutive of moral value makes a moral justification of suicide a contradictory undertaking.