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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 1998

Paul M. Hughes
Pages 89-95
DOI: 10.5840/ijap19981219

Exploitation, Autonomy, and the Case for Organ Sales

A recent argument in favor of a free market in human organs claims that such a market enhances personal autonomy. I argue here that such a market would, on the contrary, actually compromise the autonomy of those most likely to sell their organs, namely, the least well off members of society. A Marxian-inspired notion of exploitation is deployed to show how, and in what sense, this is the case.

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