The narcissism of assisted suicide: A shocking case shows that assisted suicide is about more than alleviating suffering.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) The narcissism of assisted suicide: A shocking case shows that assisted suicide is about more than alleviating suffering. Spiked-online.

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Abstract

n his sharply observed book The Culture of Narcissism, the American social critic Christopher Lasch remarked that, in modern life, ‘The usual defences against the ravages of age – identification with ethical or artistic values beyond one’s immediate interests, intellectual curiosity, the consoling emotional warmth derived from happy relationships in the past – can do nothing for the narcissist’. There is more than a whiff of narcissistic survivalism in the openness of many Western societies to assisted suicide. This was best symbolised by the trip Gill Pharaoh, a healthy, 75-year-old retired nurse, took to the LifeCircle suicide clinic in Switzerland. Pharaoh, who died on 21 July this year, was not ill, but wished to die.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Culture > History and Politics
Divisions: Culture and Regional Studies Beacon
Faculty of Education and Society > Department of Culture
Depositing User: Kevin Yuill
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2016 10:38
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 10:38
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6046

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