Title

Perfect duties in the face of human imperfection: A critical examination of Kant's ethic of suicide (Immanuel Kant).

Date of Award

2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Philosophy

Keywords

Philosophy.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The purpose of this work is to offer a critical examination of Immanuel Kant's ethic of suicide. Kant's suicidology marks an influential view regarding the moral stature of suicide, yet one that remains incomplete in important respects. Because Kant's moral views are rationalistic, they restrict moral consideration to rational entities. Many people who commit suicide are not rational at the time of its commission, for they suffer from severe mental illness. Because of this, Kant's suicidology devastatingly excludes certain human demographics from moral consideration, current Canadian statistics indicating that such people mark one of the highest populations at risk of committing suicide in the first place. This work contains a presentation, analysis, and critique of Kant's ethic of suicide, leading to an attempt to state criteria for an adequate suicidology.Dept. of Philosophy. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .T66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0101. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.