Program of the conference

Voluntary death – interdisciplinary approaches

Agenda – cf. the presentation of the conference

July 17-18, 2019

Drachlis Hall, Gilman building (Humanities), room 496, Tel Aviv University

Interdisciplinary workshop, organized under the auspices of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying (IAPDD) The School of Philosophy, Linguistics & Science Studies at the Tel-Aviv University, and the Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life.

Co-organized by Yael Lavi, PhD candidate at the Tel Aviv University & Dr Anna C. Zielinska, philosopher at the University of Lorraine/Archives Henri Poincaré, France.

Registration is free but please let us know that you are planning to attend the conference: or fill the form here.

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Wednesday July 17, 2019

12:00-13:00 – Registration

13:00 – 13:15 – Welcoming notes and introduction – Yossi Schwartz (TAU), Yael Lavi (TAU) and Anna C. Zielinska (Univ. of Lorraine)

13: 15 – 14:30  – Panel discussion – Emile Durkheim, Suicide as a social fact – 100 years later

  • Prof. Haim Hazan, Professor of sociology and social anthropology at Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Raquel Romberg, Research fellow, The Minerva Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the End of Life: Re-formed Ending – Suicide in a Neo-Durkhemian Light.
  • Yotam Reuveni, Writer, poet, literary critic and publisher, the translator of Durkheim`s “suicide” to Hebrew: They will try it again.

14:30 – 15:30 – Prof. Michael Cholbi, Professor of Philosophy and Director, California Center for Ethics and Policy, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona – Whatever Happened to the Right to Die?

15:30 – 16:00 coffee break

16:00 – 17:00Session: Conceptual Frontiers

  • Johannes Abel, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: Pathological and existential suicide and the pathology of existence
  • Zohar Lederman, (MD, Ph.D.) Emergency Department, Assuta Samson Hospital, Ashdod (Israel) and National University of Singapore: When Life Becomes too Hard

17:00 – 18:00Panel discussion – On Freedom, Choice & Death

  • Prof. Michael Barilan, Professor at the Department of Medical Education, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Maya Bar-Hillel, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University. member and former Director of the Federman Centre for the Study of Rationality: Edna Ullman-Margalit’s work on Big Decisions

18:30 – 20:30 – Film screening – The Farewell Party (Mita Tova) and a short discussion, chaired by Anna C. Zielinska (Univ. of Lorraine, France) – hall 223

21:00 – Conference Dinner

Thursday July 18, 2019

09:30 – 10:30 – Session: Voluntary death / Suicide / Self destruction – Semantical Explorations

  • Aviram Sariel, Tel Aviv University: Jewish suicide & mourning: a reflection of modern Jewish law and Orthodox society.
  • Chang-Fang-Chi, National Yang Ming University: Distinction between suicide and voluntary death in the context of Socrates’ death

10:30 – 11:30Panel discussion – Language as refusal (in Hebrew, with English simultaneous translation)

  • Dr Michal Ben-Naftali, writer, essayist, translator and editor, winner of the 2016 Sapir Prize.
  • Dr. Anat Matar, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University.

11:30 – 12:00 – coffee break

12:00 – 13:30Panel discussionJudgment and Decision Making Regarding Suicide

  • Dr. Shmuel Kron, MD, Psychiatrist. Former director of Shalvata Mental health Center.
  • Dr. Yermi Harel, MD, Psychiatrist at the Loewenstein Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, Raanana, Israel and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • Dr. Shai Brill, MD. Chief Geriatrician – Clalit Health Services (until recently CEO, Beit Rivka Geriatric Rehabilitation Hospital) and Co-Director, Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life, Sackler School of Medicine Tel Aviv University.

13:30 – 14:30 – lunch break

14:30 – 15:30Session: Ethical Dilemmas 

  • Ran Sapir, Bar-Ilan University: A new look at suicide: A critique of the psychoanalytic approach to suicide
  • Yael Lavi, Tel Aviv University: “A hated being”: An alternative reading in Hume`s Of Suicide

15:30 – 16:30 – Prof. Andrew Bennett, Professor of English, University of Bristol & the author of: Suicide Century: Literature and Suicide from James Joyce to David Foster Wallace, Cambridge University Press, 2017: Prolegomenon to a Literary Suicidology

16:30 – 17:00 – coffee break

17:00- 18:30 – Final discussion with the Minerva Centre, the audience and the participant moderated by prof. Shay Lavi (director, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, professor at the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University and co-director of Minerva Center for the Study of End of Life), with:

  • Prof. José Brunner, Professor Emeritus at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas.
  • Prof. Michael Cholbi, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the California Center for Ethics and Policy, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  
  • Prof. Daphna Hacker, Professor at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty and Women & Gender Studies Program
  • Yael Lavi, The School of Philosophy, Linguistics & Science Studies at the Tel-Aviv University.

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