Whose Body Is It Anyway?: Justice and the Integrity of the Person

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Reprint. xiv+232 pages with index. Cloth. New. Fine in dustjacket. In the prevailing liberal ethos, if there is one thing that is beyond the reach of others, it is our body in ... particular, and our person in general: our legal and political tradition is such that we have the right to deny others access to our person and body, even though doing so would harm those who need personal services from us, or body parts. However, we lack the right to use ourselves as we wish in order to raise income, even though we do not necessarily harm others by doing so---even though we might in fact benefit them by doing so. C?cile Fabre's aim in this book is to show that, according to the principles of distributive justice which inform most liberal democracies, both in practice and in theory, it should be exactly the other way around: that is, if it is true that we lack the right to withhold access to material resources from those who need them, we also lack the right to withhold access to our body from those who need it; Read more Show Less

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Reprint. xiv+232 pages with index. Cloth. New. Fine in dustjacket. In the prevailing liberal ethos, if there is one thing that is beyond the reach of others, it is our body in ... particular, and our person in general: our legal and political tradition is such that we have the right to deny others access to our person and body, even though doing so would harm those who need personal services from us, or body parts. However, we lack the right to use ourselves as we wish in order to raise income, even though we do not necessarily harm others by doing so---even though we might in fact benefit them by doing so. C?cile Fabre's aim in this book is to show that, according to the principles of distributive justice which inform most liberal democracies, both in practice and in theory, it should be exactly the other way around: that is, if it is true that we lack the right to withhold access to material resources from those who need them, we also lack the right to withhold access to our body from those who need it; Read more Show Less

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If there is one thing that is beyond the reach of others, it is our body in particular, and our person in general. Our legal and political tradition is such that we have the right to deny others access to our person and body, even though doing so would harm those who need personal services from us, or body parts. But are these rights as watertight as they seem? C├ęcile Fabre's controversial and original book teases out the unexplored implications that arguments for distributive justice have for the rights we have over ourselves, by looking at topical issues such as good Samaritanism, organ confiscation, organ sales, prostitution, and surrogate motherhood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199289998
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

London School of Economics and Political Science
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Table of Contents

1. A Rights-based Theory of Justice
2. Good Samaritanism
3. A Civilian Service
4. Confiscating Cadaveric Organs
5. Confiscating Live Body Parts
6. Organ Sales
7. Prostitution
8. Surrogacy Contracts
Conclusion

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