No King and No Torture: Kant on Suicide and Law

Jennifer Uleman
2016 Kantian Review  
AbstractKant's most canonical argument against suicide, the universal law argument, is widely dismissed. This paper attempts to save it, showing that a suicide maxim, universalized, undermines all bases for practical law, resisting both the non-negotiable value of free rational willing and the ordinary array of sensuous commitments that inform prudential incentives. Suicide therefore undermines moral law-governed community as a whole, threatening 'savage disorder'. In pursuing this argument, I
more » ... g this argument, I propose a non-teleological and non-theoretical nature – a 'practical nature' or moral law governed whole – the realization of which morality demands.
doi:10.1017/s136941541500031x fatcat:r56nzzoncfhk5d3ewm2g5vefqi