Whose Body is it Anyway?: Justice and the Integrity of the Person

Paperback | April 21, 2008

byCecile Fabre

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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 harmthose 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. Cecile 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 materialresources from those who need them, we also lack the right to withhold access to our body from those who need it; but we do, under some circumstances, have the right to decide how to use it in order to raise income. More specifically, she argues in favour of the confiscation of body parts andpersonal services, as well as of the commercialization of organs, sex, and reproductive capacities.

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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 harmthose who need personal services from us, or bo...

Cecile Fabre is a Professor of Political Theory at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:April 21, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953229X

ISBN - 13:9780199532292

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Table of Contents

1. A Rights-based Theory of Justice2. Good Samaritanism3. A Civilian Service4. Confiscating Cadaveric Organs5. Confiscating Live Body Parts6. Organ Sales7. Prostitution8. Surrogacy ContractsConclusion

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`Review from previous edition an original attempt to "delineate the rights individuals have over their own and other people's bodies", set against the background of a sufficientist theory of liberal egalitarian justice. . . . carefully argued in a clear and linear prose'Anca Gheaus, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews