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The Ghost in the Machine Is the Elephant in the Room: Souls, Death, and Harm at the End of Life.
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PMID:  23108171     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The idea that we human beings have souls that can continue to have conscious experiences after the deaths of our bodies is controversial in contemporary academic bioethics; this idea is obviously present whenever questions about harm at the end of life are discussed, but this idea is often ignored or avoided because it is more comfortable to do so. After briefly discussing certain types of experiences that lead some people to believe in souls that can survive the deaths of their bodies, I begin to answer the question, "If personal postmortem survival of some sort is real, then how should this alter the way we approach our bioethical discussions about death, the harm of death, and harming the dead?" The bioethics issues I briefly discuss in the remaining two sections are the debate about defining death and the decision whether to forego life-prolonging treatments.
Authors:
Russell Disilvestro
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of medicine and philosophy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1744-5019     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Philos     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610512     Medline TA:  J Med Philos     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA.
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