This book analyzes the social and contextual causes of suicide, the existential and philosophical reasons for committing suicide, and the prevention strategies that modern fictional literature places at our disposal. They go through the review of Modern fictional literature, in the American and European geographical framework, following the rationales that modern literature based on fiction can serve the purpose of understanding better the phenomenon of suicide, its most inaccessible impulses, and that has the potential to prevent suicide.From the turn of the 20th century to the present, debates over the meaning of suicide became a privileged site for efforts to discover the reasons why people commit suicide and how to prevent this behavior. Since the French sociologist and philosopher Emile Durkheim published his study Suicide: A Study in Sociology in 1897, a reframing of suicide took place, giving rise to a flourishing group of researchers and authors devoting their efforts to understand better the causes of suicide and to the formation of suicide prevention organizations. A century before, we still keep on trying to reach such an understanding of suicide, the nature, and nuances of its modern conceptualization, to prevent suicidal behaviors.The question of what suicide means in and for modernity is not an overcome one. Suicide is an act that touches all of our lives and engages with the incomprehensible and unsayable. Since the turn of the millennium, a fierce debate about the state's role in assisted suicide has been adopted. Beyond the discussion as to whether physicians should assist in the suicide of patients with unbearable and hopeless suffering, the scope of the suicidal agency is much broader concerning general people wanting to die.
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This book analyzes the social and contextual causes of suicide, the existential and philosophical reasons for committing suicide, and the prevention strategies that modern fictional literature places at our disposal.
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Produktdetaljer

ISBN
9783030693916
Publisert
2021
Utgiver
Vendor
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Høyde
235 mm
Bredde
155 mm
Aldersnivå
06, P
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Antall sider
305

Om bidragsyterne

Josefa Ros Velasco is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2019-2021). Prior to this, she was a Teaching Assistant and a Postdoctoral Researcher at Harvard University (2017-2019). She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy with International Mention (2017, Complutense University of Madrid) with Extraordinary Doctorate Award, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education. She is the president of the International Society of Boredom Studies.

She is the author of many academic papers such as "Hans Blumenberg's Philosophical Anthropology of Boredom" (Karl Alber, 2018), "Boredom: humanising or dehumanising treatment" (Vernon, 2018); or "Boredom: A Comprehensive Study of the State of Affairs" (Themata, 2017). She is also the editor of the books Boredom is In Your Mind. A Shared Psychological-Philosophical Approach (Springer, 2019); The Culture of Boredom (Brill, 2020); The Faces of Depression in Literature (Peter Lang, 2020); and La enfermedad del aburrimiento (forthcoming, 2021).