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60Suicide and the Alienated Lifehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2000/06/suicide-and-the-alienated-life
Thu, 01 Jun 2000 00:00:00 -0400 Walter Benjamin once said that authors should write the article or book they looked for in the literature but could not find. Because so much has been written about assisted suicide, one would think little else needed to be said on the subject. Yet when I looked for a serious discussion about why we should consider the right to life “unalienable,” I was disappointed. This lacuna on such a foundational question seems odd since, by definition, a right to assistance in one’s suicide implies a right to the alienation of life. Therefore, the dearth of commentary on unalienable rights in the assisted-suicide context is surprising. Thwarted in my search for sources, I am left to create a source of my own.