Diametros 60:72-78 (2019)

Doyen Nguyen
Pontifical University Of St. Thoas Aquinas, Rome, Italy (Doctorate)
This discussion note aims to address the two points which Lizza raises regarding my critique of his paper “Defining Death: Beyond Biology,” namely that I mistakenly attribute a Lockean view to his ‘higher brain death’ position and that, with respect to the ‘brain death’ controversy, both the notions of the organism as a whole and somatic integration are unclear and vague. First, it is known from the writings of constitutionalist scholars that the constitution view of human persons, a theory which Lizza also holds, has its roots in John Locke’s thought. Second, contrary to Lizza’s claims, the notions of the organism as a whole and somatic integration are both more than adequately described in the biomedical and biophilosophical literature.
Keywords constitution theory   Lockean view  organism as a whole  life-constitutive integration  ‘higher brain death’
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DOI 10.33392/diam.1244
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