Diametros 55:68-90 (2018)

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John Lizza
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
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In this paper, I defend brain death as a criterion for determining death against objections raised by Don Marquis, Michael Nair-Collins, Doyen Nguyen, and Laura Specker Sullivan. I argue that any definition of death for beings like us relies on some sortal concept by which we are individuated and identified and that the choice of that concept in a practical context is not determined by strictly biological considerations but involves metaphysical, moral, social, and cultural considerations. This view supports acceptance of a more pluralistic legal definition of death as well as acceptance of brain death as death.
Keywords brain death  death  decapitation and death  definition of death  irreversibility and death  organic integration  persons and death  social construction of death
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DOI 10.13153/diam.1177
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