Professor Moschella begins by discussing confusions in the brain death debate surrounding the use of the concepts of “integration” and “wholeness.” Some scholars, she says, such as Alan Shewmon, take the presence of biological integration as an indication of ontological wholeness. Others, such as the members of the President’s Council for Bioethics, think that some bodily integration can persist in the body of a brain-dead individual; but that the subject in which it persists in not a whole.


human life, brain death, biological integration, ontological wholeness, Melissa Moschella, “Integrated But Not Whole? Applying an Ontological Account of Human Organismal Unity to the Brain Death Debate”

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