Talk: What does it mean to be a person?

Is it possible to be a human being, but not be a person? This may sound like an entirely abstract and philosophical question, but disagreements over personhood actually lie at the foundation of many current bioethical debates. Back in 2008 I gave a lecture on this topic at Downing College, Cambridge, which was then followed by a roundtable discussion with a number of other scientists and doctors.

You can listen to a recording of the lecture below:

 

You can download and read the text of the lecture here.

You can download and read a transcript of the roundtable debate here.

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