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Preliminary list of references to assist Bhagwad/Anuj in preparing their suicide letter

I thought there might have been at least someone in the past who has tried to argue that suicide can be rational, and I stumbled upon a huge mass of literature on the subject. I couldn't readily find any rational suicide letter, so I look forward to reviewing any attempt made in this regard by Bhagwad and/or Anuj.

I found that Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior is a full-fledged academic journal devoted to the study of suicide. It is published by the American Association of Suicidology. Among its recent articles was: 

Humphry, D. (1987), Letter to the Editor The Case for Rational Suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 17: 335–338. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.1987.tb00073.x

In addition, the following articles might be help Bhagwad and Anuj. Note that this is a very preliminary list. I'd appreciate a full list on this subject from anyone who has studied this issue in some detail.

Christopher Cowley, Suicide Is Neither Rational nor Irrational, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 9, No. 5 (Nov., 2006), pp. 495-504

David M. Clarkem, Autonomy, Rationality and the Wish to Die, Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 25, No. 6 (Dec., 1999), pp. 457-462

Julian Savulescu, The Trouble with Do-Gooders: The Example of Suicide, Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Apr., 1997), pp. 108-115

John H. Goldthorpe, Rational Action Theory for Sociology, The British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 49, No. 2 (Jun., 1998), pp. 167-192

James Warren, Socratic Suicide, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 121, (2001), pp. 91-106

L. Beeley, Juvenile Suicide, The Social Service Review, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Mar., 1929), pp. 35-49

Dave E. Marcotte, The Economics of Suicide, Revisited, Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 69, No. 3 (Jan., 2003), pp. 628-643

Jerry Jacobs, A Phenomenological Study of Suicide Notes, Social Problems, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Summer, 1967), pp. 60-72

Frances A. Graves, David Peretz, Can Suicide Be Rational?, The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jun., 1982), p. 45

Antoon A. Leenaars, Suicide and Human Rights: A Suicidologist's Perspective, Health and Human Rights, Vol. 6, No. 2, Violence, Health, and Human Rights (2003), 

Wout C. Ultee, Do Rational Choice Approaches Have Problems? European Sociological Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, Rational Choice Theory and Large-Scale Data Analysis (Sep., 1996), pp. 167-179

Georgia Noon, On Suicide, Journal of the History of Ideas, Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul. – Sep., 1978), pp. 371-386

R. A. Duff, Socratic Suicide? Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 83, (1982 – 1983), pp. 35-47

I. Brassington, Killing People: What Kant Could Have Said about Suicide and Euthanasia but Did Not, Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 32, No. 10 (Oct., 2006), pp. 571-574

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