publication . Article . 2009

Cryoethics: seeking life after death

Shaw, D.M.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2009
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract
Cryonic suspension is a relatively new technology that offers those who can afford it the chance to be ‘frozen’ for future revival when they reach the ends of their lives. This paper will examine the ethical status of this technology and whether its use can be justified.\ud \ud Among the arguments against using this technology are: it is ‘against nature’, and would change the very concept of death; no friends or family of the ‘freezee’ will be left alive when he is revived; the considerable expense involved for the freezee and the future society that will revive him; the environmental cost of maintaining suspension; those who wish to use cryonics might not live ...
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7. K Zeiler. 'Deadly Pluralism?' Bioethics, Online Early, June 2008. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119881294/abstract

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10. L Temkin, 'Is Living Longer Living Better?, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2008, 25, 193-210.

Abstract
Cryonic suspension is a relatively new technology that offers those who can afford it the chance to be ‘frozen’ for future revival when they reach the ends of their lives. This paper will examine the ethical status of this technology and whether its use can be justified.\ud \ud Among the arguments against using this technology are: it is ‘against nature’, and would change the very concept of death; no friends or family of the ‘freezee’ will be left alive when he is revived; the considerable expense involved for the freezee and the future society that will revive him; the environmental cost of maintaining suspension; those who wish to use cryonics might not live ...
Subjects
free text keywords: BJ, R1
Download from

1. http://www.alcor.org/AboutAlcor/membershipstats.html (June 2008)

2. http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/CostOfCryonics.html

3. http://www.alcor.org/FAQs/faq01.html#cost

4. RC Merkle, 'The Technical Feasibility of Cryonics', Medical Hypotheses 1992, 39, 6-16, 11, 14.

5. FM Ackerman. 'Death is a Punch in the Jaw', in B. Steinbock (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics, Oxford University Press, 2007, pp. 324- 348.

6. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article577873.ece

7. K Zeiler. 'Deadly Pluralism?' Bioethics, Online Early, June 2008. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/119881294/abstract

8. WG Lycan and GN Schlesinger. 'You Bet Your Life: Pascal's Wager Defended.' In J Feinberg and R Schafer-Landau (eds.) Reason and Responsibility, 10th edition, Wadsworth Publishing, California, 1999, pp. 118-123.

9. B Pascal, Pensées, no.233. http://gutenberg.org/ebooks/18269#p_233

10. L Temkin, 'Is Living Longer Living Better?, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2008, 25, 193-210.

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