Reclaiming the Existential Discourse of Suicide: Literary and Philosophical Approaches to Suicide and Why They Matter

By Christopher Trogan.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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Philosophical and literary approaches to suicide open valuable avenues of exploration into issues of freedom and meaning that are otherwise stifled by those in the mental health community before they can even be raised. This paper will present an overview of recent perspectives on suicide from the psychological and psychiatric communities and will then attempt to demonstrate their shortsightedness relative to literary and philosophical approaches which include those of Schiller, Kant, Ibsen, Schopenhauer, Camus, and Sartre, among others. In the end, it will attempt to enrich the discussion of suicide not only for humanists, but for those in the psychological/psychiatric fields.

Keywords: Suicide, Philosophy, Literature

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.27-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 24, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 330.139KB)).

Dr. Christopher Trogan

Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, New York, New York, USA