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Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics

ISBN 9781138891579
Published May 21, 2015 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics offers a highly distinctive and original approach to the metaphysics of death and applies this approach to contemporary debates in bioethics that address end-of-life and post-mortem issues. Taylor defends the controversial Epicurean view that death is not a harm to the person who dies and the neo-Epicurean thesis that persons cannot be affected by events that occur after their deaths, and hence that posthumous harms (and benefits) are impossible. He then extends this argument by asserting that the dead cannot be wronged, finally presenting a defence of revisionary views concerning posthumous organ procurement.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Death Unterrible  1. Posthumous Harm and Interest-based Accounts of Well-being  2. Further Criticisms of the Possibility of Posthumous Harm  3. The Impossibility of Posthumous Harm  4. Can the Dead be Wronged?  5. Why Death is Not a Harm to the One Who Dies  6. Fearless Symmetry  7. Epicureanism, Suicide, and Euthanasia 8 . Epicureanism and Organ Procurement  9. Further Bioethical Applications of Full-blooded Epicureanism  Conclusion

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James Stacey Taylor is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics at The College of New Jersey.


"...Taylor's argumentative stance adds to the richness of engagement with the views of numerous scholars the discussion moves from one intriguing thought experiment to the next. [The book's arguments were]...provocative and weighty, and this volume makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate."     -Robert S. Olick, Suny Upstate Medical University in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews