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Persons and Their Bodies : Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships - Mark J. Cherry

Persons and Their Bodies

Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships

By: Mark J. Cherry (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th June 1999
ISBN: 9780792357018
Number Of Pages: 400

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Debate regarding organ sales is largely innocent of the history of thought on the matter. This volume seeks to remedy this shortcoming. Positions for or against a market in human organs are nested within moral intuitions, ontological or political theoretical premises, or understandings of special moral concerns, such as permissible uses of the body, which have a long history of analysis. The essays compass the views of Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Mill and Christianity, as well as particular methodological approaches, such as the phenomenology of the body, natural law theory, legal theory and libertarian critique of legal theory. These discussions cluster a number of conceptually independent philosophical concerns: (1) What is the appropriate understanding of the relationship between persons and their bodies? (2) What does it mean to `own' an organ? (3) Do governments have moral authority to regulate how persons use their own body parts? (4) What are the costs and benefits of a market in human organs? Such questions are related by an urgent public health challenge: the considerable disparity between the number of patients who could significantly benefit from organ transplantation and the number of human organs available for transplantation. This volume explores the theoretical, normative, and historical foundations for alternative policies for procurement and transplantation of human organs.

Preface
Persons and Their Bodies: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Sale of Organs
Bodies and Persons: Ontological Questions. Body and Soul in Greek Philosophy
A Millian Perspective on the Relationship Between Persons and Their Bodies
What Does it Mean to be SomeBody? Phenomenological Reflections and Ethical Quandaries
Temples of the Spirit: A Christian View of Persons and Their Bodies
Natural Law and Natural Rights
Personal Responsibility and Freedom in Health Care: A Contemporary Natural Law Perspective
The Alienability of Lockean Natural Rights
Inalienable Rights in the Moral and Political Philosophy of John Locke: A Reappraisal
Metaphysical Quandaries and Moral Questions
The Integrity of Body: Kantian Moral Constraints on the Physical Self T.M. Powers.
Whose Body? What Body? The Metaphysics of Organ Transplantation
The Impact of Biomedical Developments on the Legal Theory of the Mind-Body Relationship
The Body for Profit: Organ Sales and Moral Theory
The Body for Fun, Beneficence, and Profit: A Variation on a Post-Modern Theme
Despair, Desire, and Decision: A Fugal Response to Engelhardt
The Sale of Organs and Obligations to One's Body: Inferences from the History of Ethics
Persons and Their Bodies: Key Arguments and Contemporary Critiques
The Integrity of the Body: Critical Remarks on a Persistent Theme in Bioethics
The Commercialization of Human Body Parts
Index
Notes
Contributors
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ISBN: 9780792357018
ISBN-10: 0792357019
Series: Philosophy and Medicine
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th June 1999
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.65