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MARCUS AURELIUS ON SUICIDE
MARCUS AURELIUS ON SUICIDE

Author(s): Saxby Pridmore, Svetlin Varbanov
Subject(s): Ancient Philosphy, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: suicide; suicide prevention; history of medicine; philosophy;

Summary/Abstract: Current medical theory states that all, or almost all, suicide is the result of mental disorder. The aim was to explore the work of Marcus Aurelius, to understand the view of suicide that was held when Stoics philosophy was at its apogee. Appropriate literature was examined. Marcus Aurelius (a leading Stoic philosopher and successful Roman Emperor) wrote that adverse circumstances, in particular, being unable to live in accordance with one’s beliefs, was sufficient justification for suicide. His work is an important link in the history of suicide.

  • Issue Year: 3/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-58
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English