Human identity and bioethics [E-Book] / David DeGrazia.
DeGrazia, David, (author)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2005
1 online resource (xi, 300 pages)
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505 0 |a Introduction -- Human persons: numerical identity and essence -- Human persons: narrative identity and self-creation -- Identity, what we are, and the definition of death -- Advance directives, dementia, and the someone else problem -- Enhancement technologies and self-creation -- Prenatal identity: genetic interventions, reproductive choices. 
520 |a When philosophers address personal identity, they usually explore numerical identity: what are the criteria for a person's continuing existence? When non-philosophers address personal identity, they often have in mind narrative identity: Which characteristics of a particular person are salient to her self-conception? This book develops accounts of both senses of identity, arguing that both are normatively important, and is unique in its exploration of a range of issues in bioethics through the lens of identity. Defending a biological view of our numerical identity and a framework for understanding narrative identity, DeGrazia investigates various issues for which considerations of identity prove critical: the definition of death; the authority of advance directives in cases of severe dementia; the use of enhancement technologies; prenatal genetic interventions; and certain types of reproductive choices. He demonstrates the power of personal identity theory to illuminate issues in bioethics as they bring philosophical theory to life. 
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