Morally Wrong to Commit Suicide

Morally Wrong to Commit Suicide

  • Submitted By: ibzagurl
  • Date Submitted: 11/12/2009 4:28 AM
  • Category: Philosophy
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Is it morally wrong to commit suicide?
Justify your answer

Within this essay I will arguing whether we as individuals have the moral obligation to commit suicide and the effects it will have upon both ourselves and others. I will be achieving this by examining both consequentialist and deontological theories. External factors and principles will also be a key in my work to ensure that all factors are considered to ensure that a valid judgement is made. I will attack this subject from numerous angels showing both the permissible and impermissible forms of suicide.

Suicide is simply defined “a person who intentionally takes his or her own life.” However it is not as simple as it first seems. There are many more considerations that must be understood to truly understand the concept. A person may not actively kill themselves, but instead not follow the unwritten law that humans naturally look after themselves, therefore occurring in ones death. This can be seen as going against ones Natural law of looking after ones self and acting against their moral nature. An individual has duties to themselves and others. Therefore could be seen that they are in fact not acting morally when committing suicide but acting immorally.

The deontological theories are based around Morality. They focus on the duties and rights of the individual or situation. One has moral duties to ones self not to harm or end life. However if an individual no longer wishes to continue due to external factors or they no longer feel life’s beneficial to ones self then they would desire to die. However the deontologist would refuse this request upon a number of factors. The first being that the individual may not be in the perfect frame of mind at the time, therefore may make an impulsive choice which they may have regretted. However it could be argued that the individual has the best judgement of whether their life is worth lifting at the time compared to any other living agent. Secondly as...

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