New Technologies, Justice, and the Body

Cécile Fabre

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

New Technologies, Justice, and the Body


This article examines the impact of medical technologies on the concept of justice and the human body. Traditionally, theories of justice require individuals to transfer material resources to other individuals who are needier or worse off. But three technologies, organ transplantation, genetic engineering, and artificial wombs, have changed our obligations to one another. It appears that justice now requires us to subject our body to sometimes invasive procedures should others need our bodily resources, particular genes, or nutrients which we no longer want to provide through our body itself.

Keywords: justice; human body; medical technologies; material resources; organ transplantation; genetic engineering; artificial wombs

Article.  6304 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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