Transplantation and Rights over Our Bodies

T. M. Wilkinson

in Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607860
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731747 | DOI:

Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics

Transplantation and Rights over Our Bodies

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The purpose of this chapter is to give an account of the body rights that are relevant to transplantation. The chapter first explains the idea of moral rights. It then argues that we have rights of bodily integrity and rights to individual autonomy, which is characterized as ‘personal sovereignty’. The chapter develops a model of personal sovereignty in the light of apparently conflicting practices and of the doctrine of informed consent in medicine. It concludes by replying to some criticisms of a rights approach. In addition to giving its own account of rights, to be used later in the book, the chapter also introduces concepts, such as negative and positive rights, autonomy, informed consent, and ownership, that figure prominently in discussions of transplantation.

Keywords: rights; bodily integrity; autonomy; personal sovereignty; consent; negative rights; positive rights

Chapter.  9828 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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