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Professor Gert's Views on Death

Title: Professor Gert's Views on Death: An Analysis and Critique.
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Name(s): Nair-Collins, Michael, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this paper I analyze and critique Gert's views on death, tracing the evolution of his ideas throughout his career. I argue that the definitions-criteria-tests framework that he and his colleagues introduced, along with their approach to death as a biological phenomenon to be understood in biological terms, are immensely important and largely correct. However, there is no scientific justification for claiming that brain-dead bodies are biologically dead bodies. Furthermore, continuing to use the language of "death" to describe such bodies as a matter of public policy constitutes paternalism. I use Gert's analysis of the justification of paternalism to argue that the paternalism inherent in the language of "death" is unjustified.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0037 (IID)
Keywords: death, brain-dead, biological death, brain death
Note: Originally published in the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine.
Citation: Nair-Collins M. (2013). Professor Gert's views on death: an analysis and critique. American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine, 12(2): 20-25.
Subject(s): Bioethics
Medical ethics
Political ethics
Medical policy
Medical sciences
Philosophy
Physiology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_mhs-0037
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine.
Issue: 2, 12

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Nair-Collins, M. (2013). Professor Gert's Views on Death: An Analysis and Critique. American Philosophical Association Newsletter On Philosophy And Medicine. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_mhs-0037