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In Epicurean Philosophy Is Suicide (Or voluntary death of any kind) ever warranted?I think we should preface this with some background on how the moral opinions on suicide are shaped by culture. Broadly speaking two major categories have been defined. (Quote) ^Wikipedia page "honour" Honor cultures would include Japan under the Shogunate, Rome under the republic, the American frontier West, etc. In all of these cases it is customary to hold one's honor dearer than one's life. Dueling, honor killing, and ritual suicide all have some portion in these societies. More anon...
In Epicurean Philosophy Is Suicide (Or voluntary death of any kind) ever warranted?One thing we have not yet accounted for is the possibility that Eusebius' account of Lucretius' death, as reported later by Jerome, has a grain of historical truth to it. We simply know too little about Lucretius to have any certainty about how he died.
In Epicurean Philosophy Is Suicide (Or voluntary death of any kind) ever warranted?(Quote) Opium and Cannabis at the very least. Martin mentioned dysentery, but I was under the impression that it was known to have been strangury caused by kidney stones--in which case a warm bath is very commonly recommended to relieve pain related to swelling. And alcohol being a diuretic, meaning that it increases water loss through urine, might slightly increase the chance of flushing the stone. So not a terrible approach given the barbarous state of medicine at the time!
In Epicurean Philosophy Is Suicide (Or voluntary death of any kind) ever warranted?(Quote) --Hippocrates; Aphorisms, Section VII; transl. Francis Adams http://classics.mit.edu/Hippocrates/aphorisms.7.vii.html