Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Philosophical suicide

  • Melville’s Bartleby: An absurd casualty

    Simon WeinPetach Tikvah, Israel   Titian, Sisyphus, 1548–49, oil on canvas, 237 cm x 216 cm (P000426). Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a French writer and philosopher. He did not want to be pinned down as an existentialist or an absurdist, or indeed a nihilist. Nevertheless, he is well known for…

  • Sophocles’ Antigone and the complexities of suicide

    Grant GillettRobin HankeyOtago, New Zealand  Antigone Leads Oedipus out of ThebesCharles François JalabertMusée des Beaux Arts, Marseilles, France Suicide has been a recurring human tragedy for as long as human affairs have been recorded. The principal suicide in Antigone does not at first pass seem relevant to the twentieth century, as it arises in the…