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The Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives

Critical assessment of a highly topical subject affecting everyone: the moral issues surrounding transplants
Sharply dissects the arguments concerning emotive issues such as organ selling and opting in/opting out donor systems
Presents a powerful, direct, and accessible example of critical reasoning applicable to other contexts
Written by a leading moral philosopher and author of Human Nature After Darwin and The Sceptical Feminist

By: Janet Radcliffe Richards (Author)

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Oct 2013 | #211029 | ISBN-13: 9780199678778
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Hardback | Mar 2012 | #211017 | ISBN-13: 9780199575558
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About this book

If you die through mistakes in moral reasoning, then you are as dead as if you die through mistakes made in medicine. Organ transplantation saves lives yet thousands die every year on waiting lists through lack of organs. We are exhorted to donate; but is our individual reluctance the essence of the problem, or is it caused by deeper issues in the way public policy is discussed and formulated? Janet Radcliffe Richards casts a sharp critical eye on the moral arguments, forcing us to confront the logic and implications of our own position. A book for everyone who is up for intellectual challenge and is serious about moral reasoning in any context.

"It isn't easy for philosophers trained in the analytic tradition to combine argumentative rigour with an accessible style, but she succeeds brilliantly."
London Review of Books

"Radcliffe Richards' book, without doubt, takes the debate [about organ transplants] forward."
– John Forsythe, The Lancet

"A marvellously timely and lucid book. Janet Radcliffe Richards's arguments have an irresistible power to make one think about one's own taken-for-granted assumptions and go to the hidden roots of one's prejudices."
– Mary Warnock

"This is applied ethics at its very best. Janet Radcliffe Richards's incisive, clear reasoning often yields surprising insights. This short book compels us to take a much more sceptical look at common assumptions concerning organ procurement, through selling or otherwise, from the living and the dead."
– Peter Singer

"A concentrated weight of thoughtfulness that takes little time and no effort to be enthralled by."
– Druin Burch, Times Literary Supplement


Contents

1. Introduction
2. Procurement from the living
3. Methodological models
4. Procurement from the dead
5. Penumbral problems
6. Conclusion


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Biography

Janet Radcliffe Richards, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics; Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Janet Radcliffe Richards is currently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She is a well-established philosopher, writer, and public commentator, and author of The Sceptical Feminist (1982).

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