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Brain damage and the moral significance of consciousness

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Neuroimaging studies of brain-damaged patients diagnosed as in the vegetative state suggest that the patients might be conscious. This might seem to raise no new ethical questions given that in related disputes both sides agree that evidence for consciousness gives strong reason to preserve life. We question this assumption. We clarify the widely held but obscure principle that consciousness is morally significant. It is hard to apply this principle to difficult cases given that philosophers ...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/jmp/jhn038

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University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Research group:
Oxford Uehior Centre for Practical Ethics
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
34
Issue:
1
Pages:
6-26
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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EISSN:
1744-5019
ISSN:
0360-5310
Language:
English
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2011-07-08

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