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Posted on February 2, 2019 at 4:30 AM

Twenty years ago, Art Derse published “Is There a Lingua Franca for Bioethics at the End of Life?” in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, where he assessed Cohen-Almagor’s argument that many widely-used seemingly objective terms in bioethics are value-laden. 


Derse groups the terms/concepts into three groups: (1) those that are well-accepted (brain death and PVS), (2) those that are becoming accepted (double effect), and (3) those about which there is not yet consensus (futility and death with dignity).


Looking at this article 20 years later, it is interesting how once well-settled and accepted terms like “brain death” and “PVS” have now become increasingly contested.


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