Magazine October 31, 2011, Issue


An assisted-suicide kit (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

Suicide Dissolution
In their argument against assisted suicide (“Western Suttee,” October 17), Diederik Boomsma and Jonathan Price claim that “a state recognizing an inalienable right to die could not be anything approaching a true community defined by mutual rights and duties” because this entails “fully negotiable relations to the political community,” because in such a community “citizenship is increasingly seen as a matter of rights without duties,” and because “the most basic duty to others — to remain alive within reason — is rejected.”

I confess to being unfamiliar with the philosophical arguments they cite — their view might well be Aristotle’s.

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