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Death Studies 1997 March/April; 21(2): 221-225
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Le suicide. Question individuelle ou sociétale ?, Actes du colloque de Clermont-Ferrand des 12 et 13 juin 2014, G. Bouchaud, C. Crépiat, G. Derbac, A. Gayte-Papon de Lameigné et A. Juliet (dir.), Centre Michel de l'Hospital, 2018, 416 pCentre de Recherches sur les Littératures et la Sociopoétique - Clermont Auvergne ( CELIS ) ; Université Clermont Auvergne ( UCA ); Université Clermont Auvergne ( UCA ); Centre Michel de l'Hospital : laboratoire de recherche en Sciences Juridiques et Politiques - Clermont Auvergne ( CMH ) ; Université Clermont Auvergne ( UCA ); Le Puy de la Recherche; Centre Michel de l'Hospital CMH EA 4232; CELIS CEntre de recherches sur les LIttératures et la Sociopoétique EA 1002; Caroline Crépiat, doctorante en littérature française, UBP; Anaïs Gayte, doctorante en droit privé, UdA; Alice Juliet, doctorante en droit privé, UdA; Camille Moisan, doctorante en droit public, UdA; et al. (HAL CCSDLextenso/LGDJ, 2018-05-02)National audience
The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia /Gorsuch, Neil M., author.The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia provides the most thorough overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia--as well as the most comprehensive argument against their legalization--ever published. In clear terms accessible to the general reader, Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He explores evidence and case histories from the Netherlands and Oregon, where the practices have been legalized. He analyzes libertarian and autonomy-based arguments for legalization as well as the impact of key U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the debate. And he examines the history and evolution of laws and attitudes regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia in American society. After assessing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia, Gorsuch builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization, one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate--the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. At the same time, the argument Gorsuch develops leaves wide latitude for individual patient autonomy and the refusal of unwanted medical treatment and life-sustaining care, permitting intervention only in cases where an intention to kill is present. Those on both sides of the assisted suicide question will find Gorsuch's analysis to be a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to the debate about one of the most controversial public policy issues of our day.
Towards an ecosystemic understanding of suicidal behaviourFourie, David P.; Eksteen, Elmarié (2015-01-23)In this dissertation the literature on suicidal behaviour is reviewed, with particular emphasis on professional conceptualizations and understanding as informed by the psychiatric and sociological paradigms. Basic postulates of the Ecosystemic paradigm, as it is informed by Maturana's second-order cybernetic approach was discussed. The effect of such an approach on therapy with suicidal individuals was pointed out. It became clear that perceived methodological problems experienced when researching suicidal behaviour from a Newtonian/realist paradigm can be side-stepped when viewed from an Ecosystemic paradigm.
It was finally proposed that an ethic of participation, as informed by a second-order cybernetic approach, be adopted when viewing the suicide situation. In the process ethics was reconceptualized as an awareness of the therapist's participation in whatever is created, and not in finding the ''right" way when working with suicidal individuals.