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Human Identity and Bioethics
When philosophers address personal identity, they usually explore numerical identity. When non-philosophers address personal identity, they often have in mind narrative identity. This book develops accounts of both senses of identity, arguing that both are normatively important, and is unique in its exploration of a wide range of issues in bioethics through the lens of ide ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published June 13th 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 2005)
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An important consideration of the nature and relevance of human identity to questions about biomedical ethics. The writing and the solidity of the argument are somewhat uneven, and I found the discussion of advance directives (the area where I've spent the most time intellectually) rather weak, but his response to Locke/psychological identity felt important to me, and I will be thinking about his critique of person and mind essentialism for quite some time. I'm less confident that he has really ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever thought about death
I thought this book was intelligent, well-argued, and thought-provoking. I'm not entirely convinced that all of the author's conclusions are correct, but the subject matter of the book is of the highest importance.
David DeGrazia is an American moral philosopher specializing in bioethics and animal ethics. He is Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, where he has taught since 1989.More about David DeGrazia...