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Moral significance of phenomenal consciousness.

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Recent work in neuroimaging suggests that some patients diagnosed as being in the persistent vegetative state are actually conscious. In this paper, we critically examine this new evidence. We argue that though it remains open to alternative interpretations, it strongly suggests the presence of consciousness in some patients. However, we argue that its ethical significance is less than many people seem to think. There are several different kinds of consciousness, and though all kinds of consc...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Journal:
Progress in brain research More from this journal
Volume:
177
Issue:
C
Pages:
361-370
Publication date:
2009-01-01
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EISSN:
1875-7855
ISSN:
0079-6123
Language:
English
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pubs:192412
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uuid:a9317eae-e48b-46b2-a354-2f6f9866509b
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pubs:192412
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192412
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2012-12-19

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