WHAT IS IT TO COMMIT SUICIDE?

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Abstract

In this article I defend a new definition of what it is to commit suicide:

(D) A commits suicide by performing an act x if and only if A intends that he or she kill himself or herself by performing x (under the description ‘I kill myself’), and this intention is fully satisfied.

The definition has some surprising implications: various real-life examples often referred to as ‘suicides’ (e.g. ‘suicide bombers’) may well turn out not to be suicides after all.1

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