The project explores attitudes towards voluntary death in persons with bipolar disorder (BD). “Persons with BD make up one of the highest suicide risk groups”, Sidney explains. “The project investigates whether there are patterns in how persons with BD view suicidality, and if so whether they contribute to the increased tendency towards suicidality in the BD population. It uses experimental philosophy, wherein a survey gathers the relevant data, which will then be used as the basis for philosophical reflections on voluntary death.”
The Dr. August und Annelies Karst Stiftung funds her project with 1.200 euros. The Messmer research award - which is conferred by the Werner und Erika Messmer-Stiftung - is endowed with 10,000 euros and is intended to support the researchers in their further scientific work. The selection was made in a multi-stage procedure by the Foundation and the Rectorate of the University of Konstanz, in consultation with the sections.
Congratulations to Sidney!