by Gavin J Fairbairn - £28.99 Routledge (1995)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780415106061 | ISBN 10: 0415106060
Suicide is devastating. It is an assault on our ideas of what living is about. This book takes a fresh look at suicide, emphasising the intentions that the person had in acting, rather than the physical evidence that is left behind. Fairbairn constructs a natural history of suicidal self-harm and examines the ethical issues it raises. Setting his philosophical reflections against a background of practical experience, he offers a critique of the current language of self-harm. Contemplating Suicide elaborates a rich new model and vocabulary of suicidal self-harm; it is rigorous in its thinking and yet entertaining in style. It is important reading for all professionals who come into contact with suicide and self-harm, as well as students and teachers of philosophy.
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