Careless Thought Costs Lives: The Ethics of Transplants

Paperback | October 4, 2013

byJanet Radcliffe Richards

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Everyone knows that transplantation can save and transform lives, but thousands die every year on waiting lists because there are not enough organs available. If more people could be persuaded to donate, more lives could be saved. But is individual reluctance to donate the root of the problem?Individual choices are made against the background of prevailing laws, conventions and institutions, and many of those present direct or indirect obstacles to organ procurement, from both the living and the dead. If any of those cannot be justified, the deaths they cause are similarly unjustified.In The Ethics of Transplants, Janet Radcliffe Richards, a leading moral philosopher and author of The Sceptical Feminist and Human Nature after Darwin, casts a sharp critical eye over these institutional barriers to organ procurement, and the logic of the arguments offered in their defence. Herincisive reasoning forces us to confront the implications of unexamined intuitions, leads to several unexpected conclusions, and in doing so demonstrates the crucial importance of clear thinking in public debate.

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Everyone knows that transplantation can save and transform lives, but thousands die every year on waiting lists because there are not enough organs available. If more people could be persuaded to donate, more lives could be saved. But is individual reluctance to donate the root of the problem?Individual choices are made against the bac...

Janet Radcliffe Richards is currently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She is a well-established philosopher, writer, and public commentator, and author of The Sceptical Feminist (1982).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.01 inPublished:October 4, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678774

ISBN - 13:9780199678778

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Procurement from the living3. Methodological models4. Procurement from the dead5. Penumbral problems6. Conclusion

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"Without doubt, takes the debate [about organ transplants] forward." --John Forsythe, The Lancet