Review: Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It

Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It by Jennifer Michael Hecht

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A short history of the arguments against suicide with a focus on the often over-looked secular arguments offered by various thinkers. Hecht is concerned that the dispute between the religious opposition to suicide in any form and those who believe in the right to end the terrible suffering of a terminal illness is casting the secularists as pro-suicide in general. In fact, there is a long (thousands of years) history of secular arguments against suicide as Hecht ably shows. She follows up with her own contribution in that vein.



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Review: The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America
The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America by Jonathan Lyons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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