Bodily Rights and Property Rights
2006 (English)In: Journal of Medical Ethics, ISSN 0306-6800, E-ISSN 1473-4257, Vol. 32, no 4, 209-214 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Whereas previous discussions on ownership of biological material have been much informed by the natural rights tradition, insufficient attention has been paid to the strand in liberal political theory represented by Felix Cohen, Tony Honore, and others, which treats property relations as socially constructed bundles of rights. In accordance with that tradition, we propose that the primary normative issue is what combination of rights a person should have to a particular item of biological material. Whether that bundle qualifies to be called `` property'' or `` ownership'' is a secondary, terminological issue. We suggest five principles of bodily rights and show how they can be applied to the construction of ethically appropriate bundles of rights to biological material.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 32, no 4, 209-214 p.
human tissue, biobanks, commodification, ethics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8710DOI: 10.1136/jme.2004.011270ISI: 000236406800006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33645759522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8710DiVA: diva2:14104
QC 201007082008-06-092008-06-092010-11-24Bibliographically approved