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Being and OwningThe Body, Bodily Material, and the Law$
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Jesse Wall

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727989

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727989.001.0001

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The Objectification of Bodily Material

The Objectification of Bodily Material

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Being and Owning

Jesse Wall

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to identify when, and upon what basis, a person ought to be able to possess, control, or use bodily material. Three predominant explanations—the prior embodiment principle, the ‘work or skill rule’, and ‘the dual nexus of relations between will and object’—are assessed and then located in the law. A further explanation is then outlined that provides a tripartite account of the body and bodily material (as being for-itself, for-others, or in-itself). This further explanation invites a methodological contrast between a first-person and a third-person perspective on the body and bodily material. This contrast between perspectives is then used to explain the tension between the individual interests that we have in our own body and bodily material (or the body of another person) and the societal interest in allocating material resources to address healthcare needs.

Keywords:   bodily material, self-ownership, prior embodiment, Locke, Hegel, merleau-ponty, the duty of rescue, the principle of sufficiency

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