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The Resource Stay : a history of suicide and the philosophies against it, Jennifer Michael Hecht

Stay : a history of suicide and the philosophies against it, Jennifer Michael Hecht

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Stay : a history of suicide and the philosophies against it
Title
Stay
Title remainder
a history of suicide and the philosophies against it
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer Michael Hecht
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Worldwide, more people die by suicide than by murder, and many more are left behind to grieve. Despite distressing statistics that show suicide rates rising, the subject, long a taboo, is infrequently talked about. In this sweeping intellectual and cultural history, poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht channels her grief for two friends lost to suicide into a search for history's most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act, arguments she hopes to bring back into public consciousness. From the Stoics and the Bible to Dante, Shakespeare, Wittgenstein, and such twentieth-century writers as John Berryman, Hecht recasts the narrative of our "secular age" in new terms. She shows how religious prohibitions against self-killing were replaced by the Enlightenment's insistence on the rights of the individual, even when those rights had troubling applications. This transition, she movingly argues, resulted in a profound cultural and moral loss: the loss of shared, secular, logical arguments against suicide. By examining how people in other times have found powerful reasons to stay alive when suicide seems a tempting choice, she makes a persuasive intellectual and moral case against suicide
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
179.7
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6545
LC item number
.H372 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2013 J-863
  • WM 11.1
Label
Stay : a history of suicide and the philosophies against it, Jennifer Michael Hecht
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
One.The Ancient World -- Two.Religion Rejects Suicide -- Three.To Be or Not to Be: New Questions in the Rise of Modernism -- Four.Secular Philosophy Defends Suicide -- Five.The Argument of Community -- Six.Modern Social Science on Community and Influence -- Seven.Hope for Our Future Selves -- Eight.The Twentieth Century's Two Major Voices on Suicide -- Nine.Suffering and Happiness -- Ten.Modern Philosophical Conversations
Control code
ocn852488244
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 264 pages
Isbn
9780300186086
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013016107
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)852488244
Label
Stay : a history of suicide and the philosophies against it, Jennifer Michael Hecht
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
One.The Ancient World -- Two.Religion Rejects Suicide -- Three.To Be or Not to Be: New Questions in the Rise of Modernism -- Four.Secular Philosophy Defends Suicide -- Five.The Argument of Community -- Six.Modern Social Science on Community and Influence -- Seven.Hope for Our Future Selves -- Eight.The Twentieth Century's Two Major Voices on Suicide -- Nine.Suffering and Happiness -- Ten.Modern Philosophical Conversations
Control code
ocn852488244
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xii, 264 pages
Isbn
9780300186086
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013016107
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)852488244

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