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TEST 2: SUICIDE II

For Kant, the crucial thing for the morality of suicide is whether or not this reasoning to the correctness of suicide to end suffering from self-love “can become a universal law of nature.”

And he thinks that it cannot since, according to Kant, to commit suicide out of self-love is contradictory.  It is contradictory because self-love is the very thing which motivates us to improve our lives.

However, the removal of life is not improvement of life, and so self-love which provided these contradictory options cannot be made “a universal law of nature, and consequently would be wholly inconsistent with the supreme principle of all duty.”

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