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Johan Robeck (1672–1739) was a Swedish-German philosopher who wrote an essay allowing suicide from a theological point of view. His essay started a debate among Europeans of his time, especially after he himself committed suicide by drowning in the river Wesser nearby Bremen, Germany.

Robeck's argument is based upon the idea of life as a gift, given by God, who therefore gave up for his rights in the gift. Anyone can destroy a gift, according to Robeck's argument - and therefore, suicide is legitimate.


  • Timothy J. Demy, Gary Stewart (1998). Suicide: a Christian response : crucial considerations for choosing life. Kregel Publications. ISBN 0825423554.  
  • RÓISÍN HEALY (2006). "Suicide in Early Modern and Modern Europe". The Historical Journal (Cambridge University Press) 49: 903–919.  


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