Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage by Walter Sinnott-armstrongFinding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage by Walter Sinnott-armstrong

Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage

EditorWalter Sinnott-armstrong

Hardcover | February 12, 2016

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Modern medicine enables us to keep many people alive after they have suffered severe brain damage and show no reliable outward signs of consciousness. Many such patients are misdiagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state when they are actually in a minimally conscious state. Thismistake has far-reaching implications for treatment and prognosis. To alleviate this problem, neuroscientists have recently developed new brain-scanning methods to detect consciousness in some of these patients and even to ask them questions, including "Do you want to stay alive?"Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain Damage addresses many questions regarding these recent neuroscientific methods: Is what these methods detect really consciousness? Do patients feel pain? Should we decide whether or not to let them die or are they competent todecide for themselves? And which kinds of treatment should governments and hospitals make available? This edited volume provides contextual information, surveys the issues and positions, and takes controversial stands from a wide variety of prominent contributors in fields ranging from neuroscienceand neurology to law and policy to philosophy and ethics. Finding Consciousness should interest not only neuroscientists, clinicians, and ethicists but anyone who might suffer brain damage, which includes us all.
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, PhD, is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics at Duke University in the Philosophy Department, the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Law School. He has served as co-chair of the Board of Officers of the American Philosophical Association and co-director of the...
Title:Finding Consciousness: The Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law of Severe Brain DamageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:February 12, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Meghan Brayton and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: Finding Consciousness: An Introduction2. Ken Diviney and Katherine Grichnik: Discussion with a Caring FatherPART I: Consciousness3. Jeffrey Baker: The Geography of Unconsciousness: From Apparent Death to the Minimally Conscious State4. James l. Bernat: Consciousness and Death: The Whole-Brain Formulation of Death5. Tim Bayne and Jakob Hohwy: Modes of ConsciousnessPART II: Diagnosis6. Caroline Schnakers: What is it like to be in a Disorder of Consciousness7. Adrian Owen and Lorina Naci: Decoding Thoughts in Behaviorally Non-Responsive Patient8. Will Davies and Neil Levy: Persistent Vegetative State, Akinetic Mutism, and ConsciousnessPART III: Ethics9. Jacob Gipson, Guy Kahane, and Julian Savulescu: Lay Attitudes to Withdrawal of Treatment in Disorders of Consciousness and Their Normative Significance10. Joshua Shepherd: Moral Conflict in the Minimally Conscious State11. Jennifer Hawkins: What's Good for Them? Best Interests and Severe Disorders of Consciousness12. Valerie Gray Hardcastle: Minimally Conscious States and Pain: A Different Approach to Patient EthicsPART IV: Law13. Nita Farahany and Rachel Zacharias: The Legal Circle of Life14. Joseph Fins and Barbara Pohl: Guardianship and the Injured Brain: Representation and the Rights of Patients and FamiliesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"You think people are either conscious or not? Think again. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong takes us by the hand through a forest of clinical exceptions and leaves us wondering what the very concept of consciousness really means. It is a brilliant analysis and collection of primary papers not to bemissed because depending on the answer, we will decide whether or not to freely pull the plug on gramps." --Michael Gazzaniga, PhD, Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara