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- DescriptionThis collection of essays examines alternative theories about persons and personal identity at the beginning and end of life. The contributions seek to answer the important question, When does a person begin and cease to exist? While the concept of personhood has figured prominently in contemporary debates over abortion and stem cell research, this is the first anthology to combine in a single volume both various theoretical perspectives and consideration of the more practical, bioethical issues. These essays are gathered from a rich tradition of philosophical and religious readings on the subject, from Rene Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy and John Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding to more modern discussions on persons living with dementia and on the definition of death. Organized chrologically, these works address three broad topics: theories of persons, persons at the beginning of life, and persons at the end of life. The first section offers differing views on the nature of persons that have influenced ontological and bioethical discussions of the subject. Essays in the next section track the debate over abortion and the moral status of embryos. The last section explores alternative definitions and determinations of death. Defining the Beginning and End of Life is a useful resource for examining the connection between theoretical and bioethical considerations about persons. It will engage bioethicists and philosophers as well as inform policy and law regarding issues at the beginning and end of life.
- Author BiographyJohn P. Lizza is a professor and the chair of the Department of Philosophy at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and author of Persons, Humanity, and the Definition of Death, also published by Johns Hopkins.
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication30/10/2009
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note1, 1 black & white line drawings
- Weight862 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine35 mm
- Edited byJohn P. Lizza
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 13
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