Brain death: A response to the commentaries

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My recent article, "The challenge of brain death for the sanctity of life ethic" (Ethics & Bioethics (in Central Europe), 2018, 8 (3-4), pp. 153-165) elicited five commentaries. In this brief response, I clarify my own position in the light of some misunderstandings, and discuss whether the definition of death is best thought of as an ethical question, or as a matter of fact. I also comment on the suggestion that we should allow people to choose the criteria by which they wish their own death to be determined, or their organs removed to be donated to others.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalEthics and Bioethics (in Central Europe)
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Health Policy


  • Ireneusz Ziemiński
  • Jahi McMath
  • Ján Kalajtzidis
  • Katarína Komenská
  • Piotr Grzegorz Nowak
  • Vilius Dranseika and Ivars Neiders
  • brain death
  • definition of death
  • organ transplantation
  • sanctity of life


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