Whose Body is it Anyway?
Justice and the Integrity of the Person
By (author) Cecile Fabre
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Whose Body is it Anyway? by Cecile Fabre
Book DescriptionIn the prevailing liberal ethos, if there is one thing that is beyond the reach of others, it is our body in particular, and our person in general: our legal and political tradition is such that we have the right to deny others access to our person and body, even though doing so would harm those who need personal services from us, or body parts. However, we lack the right to use ourselves as we wish in order to raise income, even though we do not necessarily harm others by doing so--even though we might in fact benefit them by doing so. Cecile Fabre's aim in this book is to show that, according to the principles of distributive justice which inform most liberal democracies, both in practice and in theory, it should be exactly the other way around: that is, if it is true that we lack the right to withhold access to material resources from those who need them, we also lack the right to withhold access to our body from those who need it; but we do, under some circumstances, have the right to decide how to use it in order to raise income. More specifically, she argues in favour of the confiscation of body parts and personal services, as well as of the commercialization of organs, sex, and reproductive capacities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199532292
(234mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Cecile Fabre
Cosmopolitan Peace, Hardback (August 2016)
Cecile Fabre presents the first major statement of key moral principles which should be followed when ending wars. She defends restitutive and reparative justice, punishment of war criminals, transitional administrations, and deployment of peacekeeping and occupation forces. She outlines practices to foster trust and improve prospects for peace.
Cosmopolitan War, Paperback (September 2014)
Cecile Fabre defends an ethical account of war which focuses on the individual, as a rational and moral agent, over collective groups of people. She offers a new account of just and unjust war, exploring wars of national defence, civil wars, humanitarian intervention, wars involving private military forces, and asymmetrical wars.
Morality of Defensive War, Hardback (February 2014)
International law and conventional morality grant that states may stand ready to defend their borders with lethal force. But what grounds the permission to kill for the sake of political sovereignty and territorial integrity? In this book leading theorists address this vexed issue, and set the terms of future debate over national defence.
Justice in a Changing World, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Cecile Fabre
This is an accessible analysis of justice in the contemporary world. It introduces the moral debates around issues such as immigration, national self-determination and cultural rights, as well as resource transfers between generations and from rich to poor countries, through the lenses of liberalism, communitarianism, libertarianism and feminism.
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