Is It Morally Permissible?

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In the study of philosophy, it is evident that there are notions that agree and disagree with each other. When we narrow down philosophical time periods, it is even more interesting to see how ideas conflict in such a short period of time. As we observe the period between Georg Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche, we are approached with an array of beliefs as religious philosophy is combined with non-religious philosophy. The undeniable aspect is that each concept can be adequately compared. In studying Georg Hegel, John Stuart Mill, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Friedrich Nietzsche, it is evident that each takes a supreme stance on morality. Therefore, I propose the question, “Is it morally permissible to commit suicide”? By analyzing each philosophical approach to this question, each philosopher’s notion on the concept will be revealed.
Georg Hegel: Georg Hegel recognizes the original claim about suicide as determined by the Stoics. The Stoics believed that suicide was the ultimate assertion of freedom, or absolute negation. However, Hegel made a point to reject these claims because he did not believe that that withdrawal from the world was the virtue of a good life. He simply recognizes the stoics to address the metaphysical notion of freedom which is assumed as the “free will problem” to Hegel. He claims that, “the consciousness must grasp the living world as a system of thought and freedom in pure thought”. As we identify the possibility of suicide, then we can understand the

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