ORGAN SALES NEEDN'T BE EXPLOITATIVE (BUT IT MATTERS IF THEY ARE)
Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2010
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Volume 25, Issue 5, pages 250–259, June 2011
How to Cite
LAWLOR, R. (2011), ORGAN SALES NEEDN'T BE EXPLOITATIVE (BUT IT MATTERS IF THEY ARE). Bioethics, 25: 250–259. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01785.x
- Issue online: 1 FEB 2010
- Version of Record online: 1 FEB 2010
- organ sales;
- strategic intervention;
This paper considers two arguments that are common in the literature on organ sales. First, organ sales are exploitative and therefore should not be permitted. Second, it doesn't matter whether organ sales are exploitative or not; the only thing that matters is that we do what is in the interests of those who need to be protected.
In this paper, I argue that both of these arguments are too simplistic. My intention, however, is not to argue for or against organ sales. My conclusion, rather, is simply that we cannot hope to address the issue of organ sales if we lack a good understanding of exploitation. We should not attempt to answer the question of whether or not organ sales should be banned on the grounds that they are exploitative without acknowledging and addressing the nuances involved in understanding exploitation.