Suicide as a phenomenon has been realized at the apex in the list of causes of death in our society, its effect is becoming more intense on daily bases and the outcome of a suicidal act to the general public has been observed as a notable problem in the contemporary society. Philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, religious leaders and authorities in different fields have given much attention to the study of the phenomenon of suicide. It is on this background that this work analyses the arguments of the pro-choice and pro- life on the issue of suicide with the view to refute the permissibility of suicidal acts in the society in which the pro-choice argues for. In reference to the aforementioned grounds, this work makes use of Immanuel Kant’s argument against suicide, examines His stands on the notion of permissibility and impermissibility of suicide, and thus establish the fact that his conception of rationality and moral identity is seen at the apex of His thought. Lastly, this work moves ahead to reconstructing Kant’s idea due to the flaws embedded in it and as result, it terms depression as the major cause of suicide and proffers some notable controlling measures to overcoming it.
Key Words: Immanuel Kant, Critique, Suicide, Phenomenon, Pro-life, Pro-Choice, Permissibility, Impermissibility, Rationality, Moral Identity, Depression.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: A PHILOSOPHICAL OVERVIEW OF SUICIDE Introduction 7
Conceptual Clarification of Suicide 7
Examiningthe Problem of Suicide 10
Types of Suicide 14
Causes of Suicide 16
Philosophers View of Suicide17
CHAPTER TWO: IMMANUEL KANT ON THE PHENOMENON OF SUICIDE
Introduction 29 Biography of Immanuel Kant29
Kants Notion of Categorical Imperative 31
Kants View on Suicide 37
Kants Notion on Rationality, Honor and Dignity 43
CHAPTER THREE: KANTIAN CRITIQUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF S UICIDE
Kantian Examination of Suicide in Euthanasia 50
A Critique of Kantians View of Suicide 56
Aduragbemi, T (2019). KANTIAN CRITIQUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF SUICIDE. Afribary.com: Retrieved August 19, 2019, from https://afribary.com/works/complete-project
Tirelola, Aduragbemi. "KANTIAN CRITIQUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF SUICIDE" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 23 Jul. 2019, https://afribary.com/works/complete-project . Accessed 19 Aug. 2019.
Tirelola, Aduragbemi. "KANTIAN CRITIQUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF SUICIDE". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 23 Jul. 2019. Web. 19 Aug. 2019. < https://afribary.com/works/complete-project >.
Tirelola, Aduragbemi. "KANTIAN CRITIQUE OF THE PHENOMENON OF SUICIDE" Afribary.com (2019). Accessed August 19, 2019. https://afribary.com/works/complete-project