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Marcus Aurelius on suicide


Pridmore, S and Varbanov, S, Marcus Aurelius on suicide, American Journal of Medical Research, 3, (2) pp. 53-58. ISSN 2334-4814 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:suicide, suicide prevention, history of medicine, philosophy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:108485
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-04-20
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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