More dead than dead? Attributing mentality to vegetative state patients

Philosophical Psychology 29 (1):84-95 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In a recent paper, Gray, Knickman, and Wegner present three experiments which they take to show that people perceive patients in a persistent vegetative state to have less mentality than the dead. Following on from Gomes and Parrott, we provide evidence to show that participants' responses in the initial experiments are an artifact of the questions posed. Results from two experiments show that, once the questions have been clarified, people do not ascribe more mental capacity to the dead than to PVS patients. There is no reason to think that people perceive PVS patients as more dead than dead.

Similar books and articles

Epicurean aspects of mental state attributions.Anil Gomes & Matthew Parrott - 2015 - Philosophical Psychology 28 (7):1001-1011.
Reconsidering the dead donor rule: Is it important that organ donors be dead?Norman Fost - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):249-260.
The Vegetative State and the Science of Consciousness.Nicholas Shea & Tim Bayne - 2010 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (3):459.
Persistent vegetative state: Clinical and ethical issues.Gastone G. Celesia - 1997 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 18 (3).
Abandon the dead donor rule or change the definition of death?Robert M. Veatch - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (3):261-276.

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-01-18

Downloads
472 (#22,485)

6 months
74 (#14,446)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Joshua Shepherd
Carleton University
Matthew Parrott
King's College London
Anil Gomes
Oxford University

References found in this work

Fiction as a Genre.Stacie Friend - 2012 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 112 (2pt2):179--209.
Brain damage and the moral significance of consciousness.Guy Kahane & Julian Savulescu - 2009 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34 (1):6-26.
The Vegetative State and the Science of Consciousness.Nicholas Shea & Tim Bayne - 2010 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 61 (3):459.
Brain damage and the moral significance of consciousness.Julian Savulescu - 2009 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34 (1):6-26.

View all 9 references / Add more references