Rational Suicide

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A suicide which is regarded as a rational choice in a terminally ill person
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Suicide falls under the category of rational suicide when the act seeks to avoid suffering, or if the act is consistent with the beliefs of the society to which the person belongs, or is an expression of remorse, as in expressive suicide.
Some say right to die, good death, rational suicide, aid in dying, and merciful release are all euphemisms for the possibility of killing or assisting individuals to kill themselves (Salladay, 2004).
Rational suicides should be seen as those Plato excuses, namely those like the death of Socrates, carried out because his death is required by the state, and those suicides as well which result from "cruel and inevitable calamity" or "desperate and intolerable disgrace.
In another study, using a sample of psychologists who were members of the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology, 86% of the respondents (again with a 50% response rate) indicated that they believed in rational suicide.
Third, it considers the concept of rational suicide and applies it toward construction of standards for permitting suicide.
Rational suicide reconsidered: AIDS as an impetus for change.
Smith, All's Well That Ends Well: Toward a Policy of Assisted Rational Suicide or Merely Enlightened Self-Determination?
After stating that his book is aimed at "people who are going to die soon and of known causes," Humphry proceeds to describe ways in which people contemplating rational suicide can proceed.
Organizations such as Concern for Dying, Exit, The Hemlock Society, have introduced the term of rational suicide in their writings and publications, and fight for the right to die with dignity.
While demoralization has the potential to interfere with decisionmaking in end of life care, the question of a rational suicide might still arise.
This expresses the second major thesis of the first Critique, which is that substantive necessary truths and nonempirical knowledge of them are possible for humans, but only if objective cognition is restricted to phenomena and not extended to noumena, since that leads to logical paradox and rational suicide.