Redefining Death

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9780300041972: Redefining Death

Offers a philosophical discussion of the legal definition of death, looks at the history of the problem, and presents biological, moral, and ontological arguments

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This is the most important work yet written on what "death" means. Gervais penetratingly criticizes the Uniform Declaration of Death Act, the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Harvard Medical School on Brain Death, and various biological, moral, and ontological theories of what death is. Her own view grows out of a theory of personal identity that requires us to say that the permanent cessation of consciousness is death. Thus, a body in a persistent vegetative state is dead even if breathing is spontaneous and Her own view grows out of a theory of personal identity that requires us to say that the permanent cessation of consciousness is death. Thus, a body in a persistent vegetative state is dead even if breathing is spontaneous and certain brain functions continue. There is no need to allow such beings "to die with dignity." This view is intuitively difficult to accept but is argued for brilliantly. Essential reading for bioethicists, physicians, and public policy makers. Sidney Gendin, Philosophy Dept., Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti
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