[SydPhil] CAVE Bioethics Reading Group: Cooley, "A Kantian Moral Duty for the Soon-to-be-Demented to Commit Suicide, " 27 Sept, Macquarie

Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics arts.cave at mq.edu.au
Thu Sep 21 12:19:43 AEST 2017

Hi all,

I think the next session of the CAVE bioethics reading group may be of interest to some of you. Info below. Please email Yves<mailto:yves-saint-james.aquino at students.mq.edu.au> for more information.


The details for our session next week are as follows:

When: 27 September, Wednesday
What time: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Where: E4A 323 Meeting Room, Macquarie University

I would like to thank Hojjat, one of our members, for suggesting Dennis Cooley's article on "A Kantian Moral Duty for the Soon-to-be Demented to Commit Suicide" (2007). Cooley is a professor of philosophy and ethics at North Dakota State University.

Abstract: It has been argued that, on Kantian grounds, pedophiles, rapists and murderers are morally obligated to take their own lives prior to committing a violent action that will end their moral agency. That is, to avoid destroying the agent's moral life by performing a morally suicidal action, the agent, while he still is a moral agent, should end his body's life. Although the cases of dementia and the morally reprehensible are vastly different, this Kantian interpretation might be useful in the debate on the permissibility of suicide for those facing dementia's effects. If moral agents have a duty to act as moral agents, then those who will lose their moral identity as moral agents have an obligation to themselves to end their physical lives prior to losing their dignity as persons.

Hope to see you there.


Mr. Yves Saint James Aquino
PhD candidate

Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE)
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
CAVE website: mq.edu.au/cave<http://cave.mq.edu.au>

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