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June 30, 2012 6:21 AM Subscribe
I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives.
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The article was published in the last five or ten years. I remember it beginning written in accessible language and I suspect it was penned for a lay audience, but distilled the arguments of a longer scholarly work. I don't think the philosopher was indicating an intention to kill himself, just giving an abstract justification. Does this ring a bell for anybody?
I am also interested in other sources of inspiration for our work. Presently, I don't have access to English language bookstores so recommendations of works available through the internets (including e-books) are most helpful. I've just read Kay Redfield Jamison's Night Falls Fast, which I found disappointing. I'm listening to and enjoying Shelly Kagan's lectures on death
through Yale Open Course currently. I've read a bunch about David Foster Wallace's suicide but would be open to another article if it was especially enlightening. I am aware of Hamlet, but if there's another play out there I should be looking at, I'd love to hear about it. I hear Durkheim is an important thinker in this area but I'm not up for the project of reading his main work on the topic. This is a side project for me, so despite the weightiness of the subject I prefer to find a few gems I can pass along to my collaborators rather than give myself a thorough education. Have anything in mind? A great short story, a work of art, a surprising magazine article, a poem or quotation, an evolutionary theory or bold economic explanation?