<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Persistent Vegetative State (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17859.htm">Thesis - Persistent Vegetative State</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17859.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_111.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_111.htm">Persistent Vegetative State</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_2"></A></u> (as at 02/08/2018 15:48:58): Persistent Vegetative State</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>For information on what a Persistent Vegetative State (<U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_4">PVS</A></U><SUB>4</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_4"></A>) actually is, see for example <a name="W209W"></a><A HREF = "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistent_vegetative_state" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. The medical definition is given there as  <FONT COLOR = "800080">A wakeful unconscious state that lasts longer than a few weeks</FONT> . Despite the (occasional) wakefulness, there is a  <FONT COLOR = "800080">complete lack of cognitive function</FONT> .</li><li>The interest in the Persistent Vegetative State within the topic of Personal Identity is that when in a PVS the attributes of personhood are not in evidence  and maybe not capable of being evidenced  so that it is possible to argue that the individual in the PVS is no longer a <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_9.htm">person</A><SUP>5</SUP>. </li><li>It thus provides the opportunity to pull apart such <em>prima facie</em> co-referential terms as <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_75.htm">HUMAN PERSON</A><SUP>6</SUP> and <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_74.htm">HUMAN BEING</A><SUP>7</SUP> (or HUMAN <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_30.htm">ANIMAL</A><SUP>8</SUP>). </li><li>One may wonder why PVS is used in philosophical thought experiments <a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">(TEs</A><SUP>9</SUP>) rather than Coma (a more severe condition). I suppose the issue is that in a PVS the brain-stem is substantially intact (whatever other brain-damage has been incurred), so that no life-support is required other than feeding tubes. In irreversible comas, the brain-stem may be so severely damaged that the <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_10">basic</A></U><SUB>10</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_10"></A> functions of the organism cannot be carried on without life support. Consequently, there s no debate whether those in a PVS are animals, whereas it might be argued that those on life support in an irreversible coma are not. Hence, while the PVS definitely distinguishes human animals from human persons (according to most definitions), irreversible coma might not. </li><li>PVSs are discussed in the following Papers / Notes:-<BR><ol type="1"><li>My <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_773.htm">Review</A><SUP>11</SUP> of <a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3803.htm">Baillie (James) - What Am I?</A>",</li><li>My <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_115.htm">Review</A><SUP>12</SUP> of <a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_00/Abstract_545.htm">Dennett (Daniel) - Conditions of Personhood</A>", </li><li>My <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_815.htm">Essay</A><SUP>13</SUP> on <a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4286.htm">Fine (Kit) - The Non-Identity of a Material Thing and Its Matter</A>", </li><li>My <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_835.htm">Review</A><SUP>14</SUP> of <a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_14/Abstract_14447.htm">Olson (Eric) - Precis of 'The Human Animal'</A>", </li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_07/Abstract_7312.htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder) - When Do Persons Begin and End?</A>". </li></ol></li><li>For a page of <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_15">Links</A></U><SUB>15</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_15"></A> to this Note, <a href="Notes_111_Links.htm">Click here</a>.</li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_16">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>16</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_16"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17859_17">include</A></U><SUB>17</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17859_17"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li></li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li></li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="11"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>18</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (02/08/2018 15:48:58). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_111.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_4"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_4"><B>Footnote 4</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Note that the Wikipedia article uses the <em>PVS</em> acronym to stand for a <em>Permanent</em> Vegetative State. </li><li>It s never clear whether any such state is permanent, whereas it is clear that it is persistent. </li><li>In the UK, the state becomes legally  permanent after 12 months, and the term  continuous is used in preference to  persistent . </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_10"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_10"><B>Footnote 10</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I had put  vegetative here, but I m unconvinced that any activity above cellular level ought to be classed as  vegetative ; </li><li>But I think the Aristotelian classification is adopted, where  animal functions are those involving locomotion and the like, rather than nutrition, respiration, etc. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_15"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_15"><B>Footnote 15</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>If only a  non-updating run has been made, the links are only one-way  ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven t yet been confirmed as relevant. </li><li>Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the  Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note and  Summary of Note Links to this Page sections) are to the  point of link within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the  links page remain generic. </li><li>There are two sorts of updating runs  for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_16"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_16"><B>Footnote 16</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17859_17"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17859_17"><B>Footnote 17</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-13T13:21" pubdate>13/08/2018 13:21:51</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>