From Act to Fact

The Transformation of Suicide in Western Thought

in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques
Daniel Gordon University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The article is about the moral debate over suicide, from Augustine to the present. It assesses critically the transformation of a humanistic debate into a scientific one. Among the figures who receive detailed attention are Augustine, Montaigne, Donne, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Durkheim.

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