The Definition of Death

[Revised entry by David DeGrazia on August 9, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The philosophical investigation of human death has focused on two overarching questions: (1)
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[Revised entry by David DeGrazia on August 9, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] The philosophical investigation of human death has focused on two overarching questions: (1) What is human death? and (2) How can we determine that it has occurred? The first question is ontological or conceptual. An answer to this question will consist of a definition (or conceptualization). Examples include death as the irreversible cessation of organismic functioning and human death as the irreversible loss of personhood. The second question is epistemological. A complete answer to this question...

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