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dc.contributor.advisorPruss, Alexander R.
dc.creatorYancey, Hilary J., 1990-
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-09T13:45:53Z
dc.date.available2020-09-09T13:45:53Z
dc.date.created2020-05
dc.date.issued2020-03-19
dc.date.submittedMay 2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2104/11060
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation investigates the metaphysics of human body parts; particularly, the epistemic conditions under which something can be said to be a “body part of” some particular human being. In this dissertation I draw on the hylomorphism of Aristotle and John Duns Scotus to argue that a necessary and sufficient condition on human bodily parthood is an object’s functioning for the sake of the whole human being and the maintenance of her biological life. I argue that, on this view of bodily parthood, at least some prostheses or artificial organs (“artificial body parts”) are truly body parts of the human beings in whom they operate. I defend this view in reference to both Aristotelian and Scotistic hylomorphism, as well as answering objections raised by some contemporary views of bodily parthood as merely conventional. I argue that this has important implications for medical ethics, including potentially restricting medical interventions in end-of-life care and heightening the legal ramification of damage done to prostheses. I argue that investigation into the metaphysical questions surrounding body parts and their composition can illuminate hitherto underappreciated dimensions of ethical questions in medicine.  
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dc.subjectMetaphysics. Medical ethics. Hylomorphism. Aristotle. Artificial body parts. John Duns Scotus. Human person.
dc.titleIs that my heart? A hylomorphic account of bodily parthood.
dc.typeThesis
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thesis.degree.namePh.D.
thesis.degree.departmentBaylor University. Dept. of Philosophy.
thesis.degree.grantorBaylor University
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
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