18. March 2022 | 7:00 pm

Regular museum admission applies

Programme "Suizid – Let's talk about it!"

in German

Due to current Covid 19 regulations, there is limited space available. Therefore, registration is required.

0561 / 918 93 15

Suicide and the autonomy formula – a misunderstanding?

Since the ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court from February 2020, suicide has been valued as an expression of the right to self-determined dying, or as an act of autonomous self-determination. But the court did not forget to add that this valuation applies "in the starting point". The right to take one's own life assisted by a third party is indeed a high good. However, do common terms such as 'autonomy' or 'emancipation' reach the problem of suicide? Is the tragedy of such an act not underestimated?      

Jean-Pierre Wils is a Belgian theologian and ethicist. He is a professor at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Among many treatises on issues related to death, the book "Giving oneself death" was published in 2021 on the subject of assisted suicide.


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