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Philosophy
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PHLB09H3
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Cathal O Madagain

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PHLB09 2011 Lecture 12 But isnt killing yourself consistent with your autonomy? Its your choice Kant: it undermines the principle upon which your autonomy rests - being alive. Therefore, its against your autonomy Hume (1711 - 1776) o His lecture on suicide was published after he died o He was born within 100 years of the last execution of a man in England for blasphemy o He was fired from a post in Glasgow University for suspicions of atheism Sets himself up to oppose the poison of superstition and false religion o even sleep affords him a new terror: while he examines his dreams, he finds prognostications of future calamities ...tho dead alone can put a full end to his misery, he dare not fly to this refuge lest he offend his maker ...let us here endeavour to restore [people] to their native liberty, by showing that that action may be free from every imputation of guilt Hume examines Aquinas arguments, and Kants too o Against nature o Against our community o Against God o Against our duty to ourselves (Kant) AGAINST OUR NATURE: o To govern the world, the almighty has established immutable laws (laws of nature, laws of physics) o To govern the animal world he has endowed
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