More on philosophical and psychological interpretations of and judgments about suicide with guest Drew Pinsky.
Is suicide an epidemic or a choice? Could it be both? Socrates didn't fear death and inspired Stoics and others to see suicide in some circumstances as brave. Or is it always cowardly? Does meaninglessness motivate suicide? If so, why should it?
Listen to part one first or get the Citizen Edition, which will also get you access to the follow-up discussion, where Mark and Wes get more into Durkheim and talk about all the various types of explanation at work here: sociological, psychotherapeutic, experimental, evolutionary, etc.
End song: "Disappear" by Chris Cacavas as heard on Nakedly Examined Music #87.