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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

But Which Body: Body of Labor, or Body of Anatomy?

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(p.264) 6.2 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Kantaro Ohashi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0028

The “human body and its parts are precluded from financial gain as such”. This phrase lies in the core of the arguments of Dr. Capps. But there still remains a certain ambiguity, when considered in its original context of philosophical arguments. According to John Lock who submits its thesis, our body property is not considered as dividable: body’s value cannot be reduced to calculable factors. Several difficulties thus must be acknowledged within these medical treatments if our body is not essentially partial and detachable. Though bodies can be treated as such in real medical operations such as organ transplant, they may constitute unique property in terms of their totality. This paper examines whole and flawless aspects of our body as property from modern philosophical viewpoints.

Keywords:   Body property, human right, labor, John Locke

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