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

Cécile Fabre


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 or body parts from us. 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. This book aims to show that according to the principles o ... More

Keywords: body, commodification, duty of assistance, good Samaritanism, organ sales, prostitution, surrogacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199289998
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199289999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Fabre, author
London School of Economics and Political Science
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