Death is a Biological Phenomenon

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Don Marquis

Abstract

John Lizza says that to define death well, we must go beyond biological considerations. Death is the absence of life in an entity that was once alive. Biology is the study of life. Therefore, the definition of death should not involve non-biological concerns.

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Marquis, D. (2018). Death is a Biological Phenomenon. An Online Journal of Philosophy Diametros, 55(55), 20-26. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.1173
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Special Topic – Defining Death: Beyond Biology
Author Biography

Don Marquis, The University of Kansas

Don Marquis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
The University of Kansas
529 Tennessee St. Lawrence, KS,
USA

E-mail: dmarquis@ku.edu

References

Lizza J.P. (2018), “Defining Death: Beyond Biology,” Diametros 55: 1–19.

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President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research (1981), Defining Death: A Report on the Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues in the Determination of Death, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington (DC).

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