- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Brain Death1' during my Thesis research, as from November 2014.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 14/01/2017 20:18:14): Brain Death
- Brain death is important in personal identity as it is often considered the point at which the animal – despite the best efforts of life-support systems – is “really” dead.
- There are different understandings of just when brain death occurs, and – indeed – on what it is. See, for example, the Wikipedia article (Link) that correctly distinguishes brain death (total failure of the brainstem) from a PVS4.
- On the Brain View5 of Personal Identity, the death of the brain – consistently defined – is obviously the death of the person.
- The same is probably true of Mark Johnston’s view that we are Human Beings6.
- Topics related to this one include:-
→ Near Death Experiences8,
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Agich (George J.) & Jones (Royce P.) - Personal Identity and Brain Death: A Critical Response", Agich+Jones, 1986
- "Bernat (James L.) - A Defense of the Whole-Brain Concept of Death", Bernat, 1998
- "Campbell (Courtney S.) - A No-Brainer: Criticisms of Brain-Based Standards of Death", Campbell, 2001
- "Dagi (T. Forcht) & Kaufman (Rebecca) - Clarifying the Discussion on Brain Death", Dagi, 2001
- "Green (Michael) & Wikler (Daniel) - Brain Death and Personal Identity", Green & Wikler, 1980
- "Halevy (Amir) - Beyond Brain Death?", Halevy, 2001
- "Morioka (Masahiro) - Brain Dead Person: Preface + TOC & Chapters 1, 2, 5 & 7", Morioka, 1989
- "Morioka (Masahiro) - Current Debate on the Ethical Issues of Brain Death", Morioka, 2004
- "Morioka (Masahiro) - Reconsidering Brain Death: A Lesson From Japan's Fifteen Years of Experience", Morioka, 2001
- "Piccinini (Gualtiero) & Bahar (Sonya) - No Mental Life after Brain Death: The Argument from the Neural Localization of Mental Functions", Piccini, 2015
- "Potts (Michael) - A Requiem for Whole Brain Death: A Response to D. Alan Shewmon's ‘The Brain and Somatic Integration’", Potts, 2001
- "Seifert (Josef) - Is 'Brain Death' Actually Death", Seifert, 1993
- "Shewmon (D. Alan) - The Brain and Somatic Integration: Insights Into the Standard Biological Rationale for Equating “Brain Death” With Death", Shewmon, 2001
- "Singer (Peter) - How Death was Redefined", Singer, 1994
- "Steineck (Christian) - Brain Death, Death, and Personal Identity", Steineck, 2003
- "Veatch (Robert M.) - The Death of Whole-Brain Death: The Plague of the Disaggregators, Somaticists, and Mentalists", Veatch, 2005
- "Walker (A. Earl) - Cerebral Death", Walker, 1977
- This is mostly a place-holder9. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (14/01/2017 20:18:14).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- 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.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
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