Chapter 2.

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Short Answer Questions

  1. Explain the difference between a coma, brain death, and a persistent vegetative state.
  2. According to McMahon, what are the physical and moral differences between "the death of a person" and "the death of an organism"?
  3. Give an example that could be viewed as problematic for the claim that if the integration of somatic functions like breathing and digestion can never again be carried out by a person's brain, then that person is dead.

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