ERIC Number: EJ738621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 24
People Who Have Committed a Certain Sin Ought to Be Dead
Leenaars, Antoon A.
Death Studies, v30 n6 p539-553 Jul-Aug 2006
People who have committed a certain sin ought to be dead; I am a person who has committed that sin; therefore, I ought to be dead. Thus is the logic of a suicidal mind. Lester, Szaz, and others argue the "sinner" should always be allowed to kill him/herself. Shneidman, Leenaars and others do not agree. Once one knows the suicidal mind, it is easy to conclude the suicidal mind is not rational. The first premise is false! Therefore, the question is not, "Is suicide rational?" but "What is suicide?." Once you know the suicidal mind, you will agree with Shneidman and Leenaars, not Lester. Is it a good death if the sinner kills him/herself because he/she committed a certain sin?
Descriptors: Suicide, Death, Logical Thinking, Philosophy, Psychological Patterns, Ethics, Cognitive Processes
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