Suicide

Questions surrounding suicide have been with us for at least as long as we’ve had written record, and the answers are as varied as the times and places where they were discussed. Wednesday, Doug sits down with philosophy scholar Margaret Battin. She’s spent her career collecting the works of religious and secular thinkers regarding suicide. It has been considered noble, immoral, heroic and cowardly, and we’ll talk about what all of those views teach us about end-of-life issues today.

Stay

Jun 16, 2015

The poet, philosopher, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht had very personal reasons for making suicide the topic of her latest book. Two of her friends killed themselves just a couple of years apart, leaving their community stunned and grieving. So Hecht began to reflect on the arguments against suicide, not from a religious stand-point, but from a secular and philosophical perspective. Tuesday, she joins Doug to describe the reasons she found to challenge people to "Stay." (Rebroadcast)