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José Luis Tasset
Universidade da Coruña
Vol. 1 Núm. 1 (1992), Artículos
Recibido: 15-12-2012 Aceptado: 15-12-2012
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By way of a lecture and assesment of Hume's «On Suicide» (written in 1755-1757, posthumately published in 1777 edition of the withdrawn essays), a defense of the right to commit suicide or autonomotanasia is offered. Being translated this essay into Spanish in four different editions -and being included into contemporary british practica! ethics readings-, we have up to this moment almost no study of its value and main theses. A coherent empirist, atheological and utilitarianist view of this work is provided, connecting its main and central ideas with present debate on individual rights and providing an specifically ethical-neither medical nor pathological-lecture of the suicide problem.

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