Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition
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Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition

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9781782382355
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Seiten:
230
Autor:
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
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Englisch
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Suicide is a puzzling phenomenon. Not only is its demarcation problematic but it also eludes simple explanation. The cultures in which suicide mortality is high do not necessarily have much else in common, and neither is a single mental illness such as depression sufficient to lead a person to suicide. In a word, despite its statistical regularity, suicide is unpredictable on the individual level. The main argument emerging from this collection is that suicide should not be understood as a separate realm of pathological behavior but as a form of human action. As such it is always dependent on the decision that the individual makes in a cultural, ethical and socio-economic context, but the context never completely determines the decision. This book also argues that cultural narratives concerning suicide have a problematic double function: in addition to enabling the community to make sense of self-inflicted death, they also constitute a blueprint depicting suicide as a solution to common human problems.

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Introduction: Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo and Miira Tuominen


PART I: SUICIDE: CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES


Chapter 1. The Construction of the Suicidal Self in Phenomenological Psychology
Charles J-H Macdonald and Jean Naudin


Chapter 2. When it is Worth the Trouble to Die: The Cultural Valuation of Suicide
María Cátedra


PART II: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL APPROACHES TO SUICIDE


Chapter 3. “Tell Him to Follow Me as Quickly as Possible” – Plato’s Phaedo (60c–63c) on Self-Killing
Miira Tuominen


Chapter 4. Free Philosophers and Tragic Women – Stoic Perspectives on Suicide
Malin Grahn


Chapter 5. Moral Philosophical Arguments against Suicide in the Middle Ages
Virpi Mäkinen


PART III: MORALITY, POLITICS, AND VIOLENCE - SUICIDE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES


Chapter 6. “She Kissed Death with a Smile”: The Politics and Moralities of the Female Suicide Bomber
Susanne Dahlgren


Chapter 7. “When We Stop Living, We also Stop Dying” – Men, Suicide, and Moral Agency
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo


Afterword
Arthur Kleinman


Notes on Contributors

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