Ethics and Organ Transfer: A Merleau-Pontean Perspective
2009 (English)In: HEALTH CARE ANALYSIS, ISSN 1065-3058, Vol. 17, no 2, 110-122 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The articles aim is to explore human hand allograft recipients postoperative experience of disownership and their gradual experience of their new hand as theirs, with the aid of the work of the French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Many have used a Merleau-Pontinian perspective in the analysis of embodiment. Far fewer have used it in medico-ethical analysis. Drew Leders phenomenologically based ethics of organ donation and organ sale is an exception to this tendency. The articles second aim is to examine Leders phenomenologically based ethics of organ donation and organ sale. Though I find parts of Leders approach promising, I also elaborate a line of reasoning that draws on Merleau-Ponty, that does allow us to argue for certain kinds of organ donation and against organ sale-and that avoids some of the problems with Leders approach. This alternative route builds on the concept of the integrity of the body-subject.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 17, no 2, 110-122 p.
Merleau-Ponty, Leder, Phenomenology, Ethics, Sense of ownership, Organ donation, Organ sale
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18562DOI: 10.1007/s10728-009-0116-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18562DiVA: diva2:220597