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Author Fairbairn, Gavin J
Title Contemplating Suicide : The Language and Ethics of Self-Harm
Imprint Florence : Taylor & Francis Group, 1995
©2004
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (219 pages)
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Series Social Ethics and Policy Ser
Social Ethics and Policy Ser
Note BOOK COVER -- HALF-TITLE -- TITLE -- COPYRIGHT -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- A NOTE ABOUT LANGUAGE AND STYLE -- 1 SUICIDE, LANGUAGE AND ETHICS -- NOTES -- 2 MORALS AND MEANS -- HOW MIGHT ONE SUICIDE? -- Actions, omissions and putting oneself in the way of anticipated events -- Suicide by actions -- Suicide by omission -- Self harming by putting oneself in the way of anticipated events -- IS SUICIDE OK? -- So is suicide OK? -- NOTES -- 3 WHERE DO OUR VIEWS OF SUICIDE COME FROM? -- TWO MAJOR INFLUENCES -- Medicine and suicide -- Concluding remarks about medicine and suicide -- Emotive and moralistic connotations of the language of suicide -- Suicide as an act 'committed' -- NOTES -- 4 OUR IMPOVERISHED LANGUAGE OF SUICIDE AND SELF HARM -- TERMINOLOGICAL CONFUSION -- Real and apparent terminological confusion in the literature -- Clare -- Glover -- Szasz -- Lester -- SUICIDE AND CONNOISSEURSHIP -- NOTE -- 5 SUICIDE AND INTENTION -- NOTE -- 6 DEFINING SUICIDE -- NOTES -- 7 EXTENDING THE TAXONOMY OF SUICIDAL SELF HARM -- NOTE -- 8 LIVING DANGEROUSLY, HEROISM AND EUTHANASIA -- NOTES -- 9 VARIETIES OF SUICIDE -- NOTE -- 10 DIGGING UP THE PAST -- NOTES -- 11 THE LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE POSITIONS ON SUICIDE -- NOTES -- 12 AUTONOMY, PATERNALISM AND INTERVENTION IN SUICIDAL ACTS -- THINKING ABOUT AUTONOMY -- Autonomy and intervention in the lives of others -- THINKING ABOUT PATERNALISM -- THINKING ABOUT INTERVENTION IN SUICIDE -- Discussion of the suicider's intentions and wishes -- Persuasion -- Coercive intervention -- The overlap between discussion, persuasion and coercion -- What is at stake when one person intervenes in another's suicidal act? -- NOTES -- 13 JUSTIFYING INTERVENTION 1 -- ARGUMENTS FROM AUTONOMY -- Intervention in the suicidal acts of those whose actions are less than fully autonomous
Immaturity or intellectual impairment -- Psychological disturbance -- Where the individual is badly informed -- Where the person's autonomy interests are best served by intervention -- OTHER VIEWS OF THE PROPRIETY OF INTERVENTION ON AUTONOMY GROUNDS -- Persuasion and limited coercion-Glover's view -- Harris and 'maximally autonomous decisions' -- NOTES -- 14 JUSTIFYING INTERVENTION 2 -- NOTES -- REFERENCES -- INDEX
Suicide is devastating. It is an assault on our ideas of what living is about. In Contemplating Suicide Gavin Fairbairn takes fresh look at suicidal self harm. His view is distinctive in not emphasising external facts: the presence or absence of a corpse, along with evidence that the person who has become a corpse, intended to do so. It emphasises the intentions that the person had in acting, rather than the consequences that follow from those actions. Much of the book is devoted to an attempt to construct a natural history of suicidal self harm and to examine some of the ethical issues that it raises. Fairbairn sets his philosophical reflections against a background of practical experience in the caring professions and uses a storytelling approach in offering a critique of the current language of self harm along with some new ways of thinking. Among other things he offers cogent reasons for abandoning the mindless use of terms such as attempted suicide and parasuicide , and introduces a number of new terms including cosmic roulette , which he uses to describe a family of human acts in which people gamble with their lives. By elaborating a richer model of suicidal self harm than most philosophers and most practitioners of caring professions currently inhabit, Fairbairn has contributed to the development of understanding in this area. Among other things a richer model and vocabulary may reduce the likelihood that those who come into contact with suicidal self harm, will believe that familiarity with the physical facts of the matter - the actions of the suicider and the presence or absence of a corpse - is always sufficient to justify a definite conclusion about the nature of the self harming act
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Fairbairn, Gavin J. Contemplating Suicide : The Language and Ethics of Self-Harm Florence : Taylor & Francis Group,c1995 9780415106054
Subject Suicide -- Moral and ethical aspects.;Suicidal behavior
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Alt Author Fairbairn, Gavin
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