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Immanuel Kant believes that suicide is morally wrong. He gives the following illustration regarding suicide: ?A man reduced to despair by a series of misfortunes feels wearied of life. Would it be right to take his own life? Could this principle of his action become a universal law of nature? The principle would be: To shorten life when its longer duration is likely to bring more evil than satisfaction. Could this principle become a universal law of nature? Clearly not. A system of nature in which it was a law to destroy life by means of the very feeling whose special office it is to impel to the improvement of life would contradict itself, and therefore could not exist as a system of nature.? By this Kant is saying that it should not be in our nature to want to end our life because things are not going right. If committing suicide was a universal law then people would consider it daily when things got tough in their lives. ?Nature uses our desire to avoid pain as a way to get us to improve ourselves and our environment, so it could not also use this principle to end life.? This means that we are all faced with battles and we all sometimes have misfortunes that make us want to give up, but because of nature and the fact that we don?t want to feel this way, we take those much needed steps to improve. Kant also has a schema for determining the morality or immorality of a proposed action. With this schema he could have used suicide as an example and he still may have come to the conclusion that it is morally wrong.
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