Beyond Brain Death

The Case Against Brain Based Criteria for Human Death

  • Michael Potts
  • Paul A. Byrne
  • Richard G. Nilges

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 66)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Michael Potts, Paul A. Byrne, Richard G. Nilges
    Pages 1-20
  3. Paul A. Byrne, Sean O’Reilly, Paul M. Quay, Peter W. Salsich Jr.
    Pages 21-89
  4. David Albert Jones
    Pages 91-119
  5. David W. Evans
    Pages 139-158
  6. Josef Seifert
    Pages 201-227
  7. Mark Haverland
    Pages 229-235
  8. Martyn Evans, Michael Potts
    Pages 237-247
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 259-273

About this book


Beyond Brain Death offers a provocative challenge to one of the most widely accepted conclusions of contemporary bioethics: the position that brain death marks the death of the human person. Eleven chapters by physicians, philosophers, and theologians present the case against brain-based criteria for human death. Each author believes that this position calls into question the moral acceptability of the transplantation of unpaired vital organs from brain-dead patients who have continuing function of the circulatory system. One strength of the book is its international approach to the question: contributors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, and Japan. This book will appeal to a wide audience, including physicians and other health care professionals, philosophers, theologians, medical sociologists, and social workers.


Ethics bioethics death health morality transplantation

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Potts
    • 1
  • Paul A. Byrne
    • 2
  • Richard G. Nilges
    • 3
  1. 1.Methodist CollegeFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.St. Charles HospitalOregonUSA
  3. 3.Swedish Covenant HospitalChicagoUSA

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