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BIATHANATOS. A Declaration of that Paradoxe, or Thesis, that Selfe-homicide is not so Naturally Sinne, that it may never be otherwise.

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BIATHANATOS. A Declaration of that Paradoxe, or Thesis, that Selfe-homicide is not so Naturally Sinne, that it may never be otherwise. (a.k.a. BIATHANATOS)

By John Donne


'Biathanatos' is one of the earliest extended meditations on suicide in English and one of the most profound. Amongst other virtues, it stands as a worthy counter to John Locke's later arguments against suicide. The publication date of 1644 is taken from the final leaf with Rushworth…

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Theology17th CenturyPhilosophySuicideTudorJacobeanFirst EditionsEthicsBiblical ExegesisEarly ModernStuart


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