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  1. No King and No Torture: Kant on Suicide and Law.Jennifer Uleman - 2016 - Kantian Review 21 (1):77-100.
    Kant’s most canonical argument against suicide, the universal law argument, is widely dismissed. This paper attempts to save it, showing that a suicide maxim, universalized, undermines all bases for practical law, resisting both the non-negotiable value of free rational willing and the ordinary array of sensuous commitments that inform prudential incentives. Suicide therefore undermines moral law governed community as a whole, threatening ‘savage disorder’. In pursuing this argument, I propose a non-teleological and non-theoretical nature – a ‘practical nature’ or moral (...)
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  • To Die or Not to Die: A Kantian Perspective on Euthanasia.Navin Sinha - 2021 - Journal of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research 39 (1):13-24.
    The paper attempts to explore the implications of Kant's moral criticism of suicide in the case of euthanasia. The paper argues that since Kant's criticism of suicide is essentially directed towards rational beings who are in full control of their rational faculty. It would hence not be applicable in case of individuals who are suffering from dementia and who have expressed a prior desire to be euthanized in such a scenario.
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  • A Kantian Duty to Commit Suicide and its Implications for Bioethics.Rosamond Rhodes - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):45 – 47.
  • Can Suicide Be a Rational and Ethical Act in Persons with Early or Pre-Dementia?Peter V. Rabins - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):47 – 49.
  • A Modest Proposal for Reducing Imperfection and Resolving World Hunger.Tia Powell & Adrienne Asch - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):53-55.
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  • Suicide Fails to Pass the Categorical Imperative.Constance Perry - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):51-53.
  • Morality of Suicide in Dementia.Delia Outomuro - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):64-65.
  • Person-Al Journeys: Reflections on Personhood and Dementia Based on Ethnographic Research and Family Experience.Catherine Myser - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):55-59.
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  • Kant Condemned All Suicide.Stephen R. Latham - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):49-51.
  • Dementia as a Moral Harm.Monique Lanoix - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):59-60.
  • Is There Life Not Worthy of Living?Alan Jotkowitz - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):62-63.
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  • Zelfdoding En de Waarde van Een Rationeel Leven.Fleur Jongepier - 2018 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 110 (4):453-472.
    Suicide and the value of a rational lifeIn recent Kantian discussions about suicide, it is not uncommon to find relatively ‘mild’ approaches towards suicide. Even though as a rule suicide is still impermissible, some argue that there may be circumstances that can make suicide morally permissible. If a person suffers such that she cannot be considered to have a rational life any more, suicide is no longer immoral because the object of the moral duty is no longer present. In this (...)
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  • Suicide and Homicide: Symmetries and Asymmetries in Kant’s Ethics.Suzanne E. Dowie - 2022 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 25 (4):715-728.
    Kant formulated a secular argument against suicide’s permissibility based on what he regarded as the intrinsic value of humanity. In this paper, I first show that Kant’s moral framework entails that some types of suicide are morally permissible. Just as some homicides are morally permissible, according to Kant, so are suicides that are performed according to equivalent maxims. Intention, foreseeability, voluntariness, diminished responsibility, and mental capacity determine the moral characterization of the killing. I argue that a suicide taxonomy that differentiates (...)
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  • Alzheimer Disease and Pre-Emptive Suicide.Dena S. Davis - 2014 - Journal of Medical Ethics 40 (8):543-549.
    There is a flood of papers being published on new ways to diagnose Alzheimer disease before it is symptomatic, involving a combination of invasive tests , and pen and paper tests. This changes the landscape with respect to genetic tests for risk of AD, making rational suicide a much more feasible option. Before the availability of these presymptomatic tests, even someone with a high risk of developing AD could not know if and when the disease was approaching. One could lose (...)
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  • Kant on Euthanasia and the Duty to Die: Clearing the Air.Michael Cholbi - 2015 - Journal of Medical Ethics 41 (8):607-610.
    Thanks to recent scholarship, Kant is no longer seen as the dogmatic opponent of suicide he appears at first glance. However, some interpreters have recently argued for a Kantian view of the morality of suicide with surprising, even radical, implications. More specifically, they have argued that Kantianism requires that those with dementia or other rationality-eroding conditions end their lives before their condition results in their loss of identity as moral agents, and requires subjecting the fully demented or those confronting future (...)
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  • Can Suicide Preserve One’s Dignity? Kant and Kantians on the Moral Response to Cognitive Loss.Matthew C. Altman - 2020 - Kant Studien 111 (4):593-611.
    Kantian defenders of suicide for the soon-to-be demented claim that killing oneself would protect rather than violate a person’s inherent worth. The loss of cognitive functions reduces someone to a lower moral status, so they believe that suicide is a way of preserving or preventing the loss of dignity. I argue that they misinterpret Kant’s examples and fail to appreciate the reasons behind his absolute prohibition on suicide. Although Kant says that one may have to sacrifice one’s life to fulfill (...)
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  • Lucinda Among the Bioethicists.Felicia Nimue Ackerman - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (6):61-62.