Defining death (was:Re: spare parts and cloning ethics)

Max More (
Sat, 01 Mar 1997 11:12:04 -0800

At 07:29 PM 3/1/97 +0100, Anders wrote:
>This seems to mirror the "neocorticaldeath" idea discussed in Hughes
>interesting essay (forgot the name, has uploads in it) about how
>technology changes our definition of death. He regards a patient as dead
>as a person when the neocortical functions are irreversibly gone, even if
>the rest of the brain works.

This is also the view of Karen Gervais in "Redefining Death". In my
dissertation chapter on conceptions of death I argued that this was a
better criterion, but not ultimately acceptable (as we uploading types

I haven't seen the book yet, but am a little familiar with the writer (a
philosopher) and so think this may be good to check out:

Death: Philosophical Soundings
Herbert Fingarette

Open Court, 175 pages, 1996. ISBN: 0-8126-9330-2 paper (also in hardcover)


Max More, Ph.D.
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