Death is a Biological Phenomenon

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Don Marquis


John Lizza says that to define death well, we must go beyond biological considerations. Death is the absence of life in an entity that was once alive. Biology is the study of life. Therefore, the definition of death should not involve non-biological concerns.


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Marquis, Don. 2018. “Death Is a Biological Phenomenon”. Diametros 55 (55):20-26.
Special Topic – Defining Death: Beyond Biology
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Don Marquis, The University of Kansas

Don Marquis, Professor Emeritus of PhilosophyThe University of Kansas529 Tennessee St. Lawrence, KS, USA


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