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OLIVEIRA, Luizir de. Suicide: a philosophical issue (as well). Nat. hum. [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.1, pp. 83-97. ISSN 1517-2430.

In this paper I intend to present some remarks on suicide having as my point of depart a philosophical-psychological approach. Firstly, I offer a somewhat extensive point of view regarding the voluntary death by means of a reflexive dialogue that brings together the main proposals from Plato to Schopenhauer. Furthermore, the contributions of Shneidman and Frankl are complementary, by means of an analytical-behaviorist approach in order to further my arguments regarding the major question about the sense of life and to what extent its lacking can lead to a suicidal crisis. The study of Botega is also mentioned once it is the best comprehensive survey so far in Brazil. The closing section offers some remarks which could be used to widen the horizon on suicide, an issue that remains profoundly silent in most of academic debate.

Palavras-chave : suicide; sense of life; judgment; emotions; Philosophy and Psychoanalysis.

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