Altruistic Suicide


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Suicide as self-sacrifice
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Altruistic suicide derives from the fact that the individual is hyper-integrated in society.
Effects can be psychopathological or specific (completed suicide, attempted suicide, suicidal blackmail) or social and nonspecific (egoistic suicide, altruistic suicide, anomic suicide).
Altruistic Suicide and Inherent Value in Mahayana (23) Metaethics
In contrast, altruistic suicides historically are those understood to be required by custom, particularly among the elderly (when they can no longer constructively contribute to societal life), among women upon the death of their husbands, or among followers upon the death of their chiefs.
If I am right, those who consider altruistic suicide to avoid being a burden need to take account not only of their desire to benefit those they love, but also of whether their willingness to commit suicide undermines the caring relationship that motivates them in the first place.
Altruistic suicide, in which the mother believes that she and her children will be better off in the next world.
Altruistic suicide, on the other hand, reflected socially sanctioned self-sacrifice and, as such, provided the base rate of suicide against which Durkheim could contrast the increase of suicide brought on by the breakdown of social integration (which he attributed to anomic and egoistic behavior).
John Hardwig has argued eloquently for altruistic suicide in his exploration of when a duty to the exists, including the meaning that an altruistic death can restore to the very process of dying.
Indirectly, Lester may have identified what Durkheim labeled as altruistic suicide, an intended suicide rather that an attempt at suicide.
Durkhiem discussed altruistic suicide as the manifestation of a conscience collective--the capacity of group values and forces to supersede the claims of individuality and, in the case of soldiers and widows, for example, to influence a tendency to suicide.
Altruistic suicides, on the other hand, involve valuing one's life as less worthy than the group's honor, religion or other collective interests.