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The Resource Persons, humanity, and the definition of death, John P. Lizza

Persons, humanity, and the definition of death, John P. Lizza

Label
Persons, humanity, and the definition of death
Title
Persons, humanity, and the definition of death
Statement of responsibility
John P. Lizza
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this riveting and timely work, John P. Lizza presents the first comprehensive analysis of personhood and humanity in the context of defining death. Rejecting the common assumption that human or personal death is simply a biological phenomenon for biologists or physicians to define, Lizza argues that the definition of death is also a matter for metaphysical reflection, moral choice, and cultural acceptance. Lizza maintains that defining death remains problematic because basic ontological, ethical, and cultural issues have never been adequately addressed. Advances in life-sustaining technology and organ transplantation have led to revision of the legal definition of death. It is generally accepted that death occurs when all functions of the brain have ceased. However, legal and clinical cases involving postmortem pregnancy, individuals in permanent vegetative state, those with anencephaly, and those with severe dementia challenge the neurological criteria. Is "brain death" really death? Should the neurological criteria be expanded to include individuals in permanent vegetative state, with anencephaly, and those with severe dementia? What metaphysical, ethical, and cultural considerations are relevant to answering such questions? Although Lizza accepts a pluralistic approach to the legal definition of death, he proposes a nonreductive, substantive view in which persons are understood as "constituted by" human organisms. This view, he argues, provides the best account of human nature as biological, moral, and cultural and supports a consciousness-related formulation of death. Through an analysis of legal and clinical cases and a discussion of alternative concepts of personhood, Lizza casts greater light on the underlying themes of a complex debate
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Cataloging source
COO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lizza, John P.
Dewey number
614/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
RA1063
LC item number
.L59 2006eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2006 C-089
  • W 820
NLM item number
L789p 2006
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death
  • Brain death
  • Humanity
  • Persons
  • Medical jurisprudence
  • Death
  • Jurisprudence
  • Personhood
  • Public Policy
  • MEDICAL
  • Brain death
  • Death
  • Humanity
  • Medical jurisprudence
  • Persons
Label
Persons, humanity, and the definition of death, John P. Lizza
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-205) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Establishment of the biological paradigm -- Defining death: beyond biology -- Concepts of person -- Persons as substances -- The constitutive view of persons -- Persons as human organisms -- Persons as qualities or phases of human organisms -- Public policy and the definition of death
Control code
213305552
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801882500
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)213305552
Label
Persons, humanity, and the definition of death, John P. Lizza
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-205) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Establishment of the biological paradigm -- Defining death: beyond biology -- Concepts of person -- Persons as substances -- The constitutive view of persons -- Persons as human organisms -- Persons as qualities or phases of human organisms -- Public policy and the definition of death
Control code
213305552
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 212 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801882500
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)213305552

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