© 2011, Burk Schaible
The current dilemma regarding the definition and determination of death directly arises from advancements in medical technology and worldwide organ shortage. As a fundamentally biological phenomenon, many consider the philosophical concept of personhood important to society, but irrelevant to the medical/legal definition of death. By providing a brief history of death and assessing the plausibility of various accounts of personal identity, I argue the hylomorphic account of personal identity not only relevant to defining death biologically, but necessary to retaining moral agency.
Schaible, Burk (2011) "The Role of Personal Identity in Medically Defining and Determining Death," Res Cogitans: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 7.