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Living with Dignity I: Ownership and Commodification of Human Body Parts

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.003.0009

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Living with Dignity I: Ownership and Commodification of Human Body Parts

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This chapter elucidates the general conception of property and the proposition that persons own their bodies according to the ‘rule-preclusionary’ conception of property. It argues that (1) Article 22 of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine presupposes that we own our bodies in the rule-preclusionary sense; (2) unless we can own our bodies under the rule-preclusionary conception, we can own nothing in these terms; and (3) it is dialectically necessary for us to suppose that we own our bodies under the rule-preclusionary conception.

Keywords: bioethics; property; rule-preclusionary conception; Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

Chapter.  12954 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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