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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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Response to Commentaries

Response to Commentaries

Does ‘Dignity in Property’ Tell Us Anything about Dignity and Bioethics?

(p.278) 6.5 Response to Commentaries
The Future of Bioethics

Benjamin Capps

Oxford University Press

This is a response to three commentaries on the paper: “Redefining Property in Human Body Parts: An Ethical Enquiry”. In that paper, the author argued that the reasoning in the John Moore case (1998) comes unstuck in respect to a future of bioengineered organs and tissues. In this imagined future, the author argues that, instead, rights ought to define the relationships between ourselves and property. Across all three commentaries one finds reference to dignity. The author uses this opportunity to clarify his thoughts on dignity – in doing so the author rejects the idea that dignity is grounded in the human body, and frame it within autonomy, or more precisely, empowerment of the individual’s opportunities.

Keywords:   Property, Cells and tissues, Moore, Yearworth, Rights, Utilitarianism

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