A Reply to Łukasz Dominiak’s and Tomasz Szczęsny’s Brain Death in Japan: A Critical Approach

Igor Wysocki

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/DP.2016.028


In this rejoinder I will critically evaluate Dominiak’s arguments as they unravel in his exquisite and well-argued paper Brain Death in Japan: A Critical Approach, which was, incidentally, co-authored by Szczęsny. The order of my replies will reflect the order of Dominiak’s points in his original paper. Moreover, I will not only point to some inaccuracies appearing there but also will try to illuminate their sources and ramifications. Finally, I will indicate whether the criticism is theoretically or practically oriented since at times theoretical problems will prove to be irrelevant as far as the medical practice goes.

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philosophy, brain death, Japan, bioethics, Dominiak, Szczęsny, rejoinder

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Dominiak Ł., Szczęsny T., Brain Death in Japan: A Critical Approach, in: Ł. Dominiak, Ł. Perlikowski, Sprawiedliwość – tożsamość – racjonalność. Wybrane problemy filozofii polityki, Societas et Ius, Toruń 2016.

Glover J., Causing Death and Saving Lives, Penguin Books, 1990.

Parfit D., Reasons and Persons, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1986.

Singer P., Rethinking Life and Death, Oxford University Press, 1995.


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