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Att ta skriken på allvar: Etiska perspektiv på självdestruktivt beteende
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
2011 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation has multiple goals. First to analyze self-destructive behavior and its relations to ethics. Secondly to evaluate four different ethical perspectives regarding self-destructiveness from a certain position of human nature. The third goal is to construct a position that deals with self-destructive behavior in a way that is improved and well-managed compared to the four ethical perspectives analyzed earlier. The first goal is met by comparing and evaluating different theories concerning self-destructive behavior and discussing the ethical implications surrounding them. Self-destructive behavior is seen as a way of communicating, which puts a moral pressure on both the self-destructive person and the society around her. The four ethical perspectives represented by Robert Nozick and Thomas Szasz, two neoliberals, James B Nelson, a body theologian inspired by Paul Tillich, Gail Weiss, a body feminist and Mary Timothy Prokes, a catholic body theologian, are hence met by the problem of self-destruct, analyzed and critically evaluated. In the final chapter the author constructs an improved ethical perspective concerned with self-destructiveness, based on altruism, responsibility and broad-mindedness.

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Uppsla: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2011. , 226 p.
Uppsala Studies in Social Ethics, ISSN 0346-6507 ; 41
Keyword [en]
self-destructive behavior, self-injurious behavior, non-suicidal self-injury, self-harm, suicide, parasuicide, ethics, anorexia nervosa, dualism, body theology, body modification, body feminism, body art, carnal art.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160566ISBN: 978-91-554-8203-9OAI: diva2:451410
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2011-12-09, Universitetshuset Sal IX, Uppsala, 10:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2011-11-18 Created: 2011-10-25 Last updated: 2014-09-19Bibliographically approved

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