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Lecture key ideas: Lec 1: - Definitions of death: o Bernat et al – permanent cessation of function as a whole o Veatch: loss of essential characteristics Lec 2: - Killing o Harm-based argument o Respect-based argument o Epicurean problem o Distinction between killing & letting die o Role of causality o Intention/foresight Lec 3: - Killing to save others o Trolley problem o DDE & how it enters into the discussion Lec 4: - Harm after death o Epicurus o Setback wrt interests o View reconciling Epicurus & intuition Lec 5: - Organ transplant o History of brain death o Bernat et al vs Veatch o Guest speaker – organ transplantation & ethical procedure
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