THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE NEUROLOGICAL CRITERION IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN BIOETHICS

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The rapid development of medical technologies are foregrounded reflection on fundamental philosophical themes, and especially the theme of death. The relationship between Christian philosophy and the so - called «brain death» or neurological criteria is under investigation. The author focuses on the specifics of certitude that underlies the Christian interpretation of neurological criteria. It deals with the connections of neurological criterion to one of the main notion of the Christian philosophy of the rational soul as the form of the body. Having considered the different points of view, the position of proponents of neurological criteria is found to provide good philosophical and ethical grounds.

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A. V Volkov

Petrozavodsk State University

Email: alexvolkoff@bk.ru
Petrozavodsk
Ph. D. in Philosophy, Chairman of Philosophy and Culture studies department

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