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Expression and Survival

An Aesthetic Approach to the Problem of Suicide

Author(s): Craig Greenman
Subject: Philosophy

Book Description

Philosophers know suicide primarily as an ethical problem. But in Expression and Survival, Craig Greenman argues that, when it comes to suicide, the standard ethical approach may do more harm than good. He develops instead an aesthetic approach, arguing that art–making it or experiencing it–can help a suicidal person survive.

Drawing on the work of philosophers and artists, as well as his own experiences, Greenman guides the reader through the landscape to which many suicidal people feel condemned. He traces the problem back to antagonism–we harm others and they harm us–and argues that art, broadly construed, can help us survive it. The result will be of interest to ethicists, aestheticians, social and political philosophers, therapists, and anyone who has ever struggled with suicide.

Also included in this volume are two essays, “Writing and Ambivalence” and “What Is Philosophy?”


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8596-9
ISBN-10: 1-84718-596-7
Date of Publication: 01/06/2008
Pages / Size: 110 / A5
Price: £24.99


Craig Greenman is Assistant Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. He has published articles in the Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Writing on the Edge. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.