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Why should we respect the privacy of donors of biological material?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. (Filosofi)
2010 (English)In: Medicine, Health care and Philosophy, ISSN 1386-7423, E-ISSN 1572-8633, Vol. 14, no 1, 43-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Why should we respect the privacy of donors of biological material? The question is answered in the present article in general philosophical terms from the point of view of an ethics of honour, a libertarian theory of rights, a view of respect for privacy based on the idea that autonomy is of value in itself, and utilitarianism respectively. For different reasons the ethics of honour and the idea of the value of autonomy are set to one side. It surfaces that the moral rights theory and utilitarianism present conflicting answers to the question. The main thrust of the argument is that there is no way of finding an overlapping consensus, so politicians have to take decisions that are bound to be controversial in that they can be questioned on reasonable philosophical grounds.

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Dortrecht: Springer , 2010. Vol. 14, no 1, 43-52 p.
Keyword [en]
privacy, autonomy, rights, utilitarianism, ethics of honour
Research subject
Practical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50824OAI: diva2:382668
TissEU. Tiss.EU stands for ‘Evaluation of Legislation and Related Guidelines on the Procurement, Storage and Transfer of Human Tissues and Cells in the European Union—an Evidence- Based Impact Analysis.’ The project has been funded by the European Commission as part of the 7th Framework Programme
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Available from: 2011-01-05 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2011-01-05Bibliographically approved

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