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More on assisted dying

07 February 2012


From Dr Monica Potter

Sir, — The Revd Sally Mason (Letters 3 February) very helpfully reminds us that Thomas More raised in Utopia issues with which we still wrestle today, and that his ideas are still thought-provoking.

In my opinion, though, More’s thinking around the temptation of suicide, including (for him) the delib­erate courting of martyrdom, may be found in his prison writings, e.g. the Dialogue of Comfort Against Tribulation, rather than in Utopia.

At the end of the latter, he says that there are many features of the Utopian Republic which he should like to see adopted; but just before that he says that some of the customs of that country seemed to him to be ridiculous.

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