By Robert M. Veatch
Loss of life, loss of life
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It is this death, the that at that Leon Kass argues legitimate. is in a reply not: death of the individual human important for physicians and for the community, not the "death" of organs which we must are mere parts. 6 assess carefully whether all the behavior we normally associate with death really should continue to be linked to the decision to call someone dead. It is important to realize, for instance, that stopping medical treatment need not be directly linked to that judgment. earlier stage.
Human — the flow of fluids— that we believe according physiology to be associated with these organs. An not possible at present, but a walking, talking, thinking individual one would is new proposals. unfortunate for two reasons. we have significant but rather the vital functions brain" if certainly be considered living. il who had ot physical tissues Defining Death Anew: Technical and Ethical Problems 24 called the brain, but rather their functions — consciousness; motor control; sensory feeling; ability to reason; control over bodily functions including respiration culation; major integrating — size; and so of a new concept forth reflexes controlling its now important, 13 will accept that I cir- advocate adoption life.
Relate. identity (the sort of case envisioned in the brain is critical trace of then the merging of not merely the continuation of one person (the one supplied the mental component) in a new body as some modern day who would gnostics have us believe. Where soul does this leave us? and the The earlier concepts of death implausible. The ficient for a person to be considered alive The be central — is because it is — is strike me from the era of dichotomized a relic is more plausible, but includes those higher functions that I suspect we normally consciousness, the ability to think and feel and relate to others.