Organs and Money

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

Organs and Money

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Chapter 10 is about the sale and purchase of organs. It lays out some of the options both for permitting sales and preventing them. The chapter goes through some of the evidence about how permitting sale might affect the supply of organs from both the living and the dead. It then discusses a specific problem with the purchase of organs from the dead before evaluating the effects on living sellers. The chapter considers whether we have a right to sell our organs and whether and how it would matter if selling makes sellers worse off than not selling. It also considers the view that permitting sale would cause exploitation and injustice, undercut altruism, and wrongly commodify people, or parts of people. The chapter argues that prohibiting sale generally infringes upon people's rights over their bodies and, in some circumstances—which may well be the actual ones—sale should be allowed. But in certain circumstances sale may be legally discouraged.

Keywords: sales; organ supply; autonomy; well‐being; exploitation; injustice; altruism; commodification

Chapter.  15194 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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