Posts by Dieter Birnbacher

Dieter Birnbacher was a professor of philosophy at the University of Dortmund from 1993 to 1996 and at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf from 1996 to 2012. He's the president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanes Sterben, Berlin, vice-president of the Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt/M., member of the Central Ethics Commission of the Bundesärztekammer (German Medical Association) and member of Leopoldina, National Academy of Sciences.
Learn more on his university website.

Philosophy & History

Are Death and Brain Death the Same Thing?

The question of brain death is of utmost practical importance to transplantation medicine. While many anthropologists argue that death and brain death are two different things, there are good pragmatic reasons to equate the two.

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