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KU Professor Dr. Lizza Defines "the End of Life"

April 26, 2012

Spring 2012 Chambliss Lecture - Defining the End of Life - by Dr. John LizzaKUTZTOWN, PA - Kutztown University's philosophy professor, Dr. John Lizza, will deliver the Chambliss Faculty Lecture on "Defining the End of Life" on Wednesday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the McFarland Student Union Building room 183.

Lizza's lecture, "Defining the End of Life," examines the current debate over whether "brain death" is death and whether individuals in persistent vegetative state should be counted among the living "we." Advances in medical technology have posed many ethical and social problems, but perhaps none more fundamental and challenging than the problem of defining death. 

His main philosophical interests are in bioethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.  He is particularly interested in persons and personal identity, and how these concepts affect the analysis and evaluation of issues in bioethics, such as the moral status of the human embryo and the definition of death. Lizza teaches a variety of courses, including Medical Ethics, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Aspects of Death and Dying, Persons, Life and Death, Human Love and Sexual Morality, Ethical Issues in Medicine and Biology, and Critical Thinking.

Lizza's books, Persons, Humanity, and the Definition of Death (2006) and Defining the Beginning and End of Life: Readings on Personal Identity and Bioethics (2009), were published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.  He is currently working on a manuscript on the nature and ethical significance of potentiality, and has prepared for publication an anthology entitled Potentiality:  Metaphysical and Bioethical Dimensions.

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