David Hume’s Philosophical Approach to Suicide

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Hume’s essay serves as a common point of reference within contemporary philosophical discussions about the morality of ending one’s own life. In Of Suicide, Hume seems to adopt a novel approach to the problem of how suicide should be faced. In this respect, Hume emphasises the importance of philosophy in order to define the morality of this act, specifically in case of religious arguments. In this paper we will try to explore to what extent philosophy is decisive to determine the morality of suicide regarding hypothetical duties towards oneself.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife and Death in Early Modern Philosophy
EditorsSusan James
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780192843616
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2021


  • Hume
  • Native liberty
  • Moral duty
  • Philosophy
  • Superstition
  • Suicide


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