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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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The Non-Ownership Thesis: A German Perspective

(p.268) 6.3 Commentary
The Future of Bioethics

Wilhelm Vossenkuhl

Oxford University Press

The fundamental constitutional role of the principle of human dignity forbids any commercial or instrumental use of human body parts in Germany. The legal and ethical backgrounds of this ban are elucidated. As Kantian moral thought is pivotal here, its implications for the non-ownership thesis are explained and discussed.

Keywords:   Human dignity, human body, freedom, rationality, choice

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