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Death and irreversibility.

Egonsson, Dan LU (2009) 5th International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network In Reviews in the Neurosciences 20(3-4). p.275-281
Abstract
The concept of irreversibility plays a central role in most discussions of how to understand and determine human death. This seems to relativize death, since the possibilities of reversal will always depend on circumstance. I discuss the conceptual problems created by this fact, arguing that their seriousness depends on whether we take our conception of death to be a definition or criterion. Relativity is probably not fatal in a definition of death; it might even be desirable in a policy criterion. The concept of permanence is no less philosophically problematic in this context than irreversibility.
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permanence, relativity, irreversibility, criteria, death, definitions
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Reviews in the Neurosciences
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20
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3-4
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275 - 281
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Freund Publishing House Ltd
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5th International Symposium of the Definition of Death Network
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  • pmid:20157997
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  • wos:000273232900013
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0334-1763
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English
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  series       = {Reviews in the Neurosciences},
  title        = {Death and irreversibility.},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2009},
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