Death and Its Criteria

  • Lewis Petrinovich
Part of the Critical Issues in Social Justice book series (CISJ)


In Human Evolution, Reproduction, and Morality and in the last two chapters, the focus was on issues relating to the beginning of life; questions were explored about when life begins, when a human organism should be considered a person, when a person assumes the duties and responsibilities of a moral agent, and what manipulations of genetic potential are permissible. Issues were examined and policies were recommended regarding contraception, abortion, infanticide, genetics and manipulation, and the use of reproductive technologies. These issues were discussed within the perspectives of evolutionary theory, cognitive principles, and a rational liberalism seasoned with some utilitarian spices.


Social Contract Moral Standing Persistent Vegetative State Surrogate Decision Maker Dead Person 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis Petrinovich
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA

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