Organs for Sale: Bioethics, Neoliberalism, and Public Moral Deliberation

By Ryan Gillespie

© 2020

Organs for Sale is a study of the bioethical question of how to increase human organ supply. But it is also an inquiry into public moral deliberation and the relationship between economic worth and the value systems of a society. Looking closely at human organ procurement debates, the author offers a critique of neoliberalism in bioethics and asks what kind of society we truly want.

While society has shown concern over debates surrounding organ procurement, a better understanding of the rhetoric of advocates and philosophical underpinnings of the debate might indeed improve our public moral deliberation in general and organ policy more specifically. Examining public arguments, this book uses a range of source material, from medical journals to congressional hearings to newspaper op-eds, to provide the most up-to-date and thorough analysis of the topic. Organs for Sale posits that deciding together on the limits of markets, and on what is and ought to be for sale, sheds light on the moral fibre of our society and what it needs to thrive.

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Organs for Sale is an extended case study of a lively public moral debate that delves into how a society assigns worth as well as what ought to be for sale and why.

Organs for Sale: Bioethics, Neoliberalism, and Public Moral Deliberation

By Ryan Gillespie

© 2020

Organs for Sale is a study of the bioethical question of how to increase human organ supply. But it is also an inquiry into public moral deliberation and the relationship between economic worth and the value systems of a society. Looking closely at human organ procurement debates, the author offers a critique of neoliberalism in bioethics and asks what kind of society we truly want.

While society has shown concern over debates surrounding organ procurement, a better understanding of the rhetoric of advocates and philosophical underpinnings of the debate might indeed improve our public moral deliberation in general and organ policy more specifically. Examining public arguments, this book uses a range of source material, from medical journals to congressional hearings to newspaper op-eds, to provide the most up-to-date and thorough analysis of the topic. Organs for Sale posits that deciding together on the limits of markets, and on what is and ought to be for sale, sheds light on the moral fibre of our society and what it needs to thrive.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Relevant, well written, and easy to understand, Organs for Sale has potential to be adopted in a wide range of graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in bioethics, politics, and applied political theory. With this robust contribution to the literature, Gillespie covers the debate of pluralism and its role in society with a strong grasp on historical and current content."


    Elysa Koppelman-White, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University

    "Ryan Gillespie’s reflections are compelling for those who seek to preserve organ donation and transplantation for the betterment of mankind – not for its monetary profit."


    Francis L. Delmonico, Chair, World Health Organization Task Force, Donation and Transplantation of Organs and Tissues, and Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Author Information

    Ryan Gillespie is a Lecturer in the Study of Religion Program at UCLA.
  • Table of contents

    Section I: Introduction
    1. Introduction
    2. Public Morality: Altruism, Bioethics, and Rhetoric

    Section II: The Rhetorical Positions, Arguments, and Justifications in Human
    Organ Procurement
    3. The Case for the Altruistic-Based Supply System
    4. The Case for the Market-Based Supply System

    Section III: Morality, Neoliberalism, and the Prospects of Reasoning
    Together in a Democracy
    5. The Neoliberal Graft: Medicine, Morality, and Markets
    6. Good Reasons: Metanormativity & Categoricity
    7. Weighing Reasons: Telic Orientation, Rhetorical Force, and
    Normative Force

    Section IV: Weighing Reasons in the Organ Debate
    8. The Scope of the Market, Legal Consistency, and the Question of
    Exploitation
    9. What Money Cannot Buy and What Money Ought Not Buy: Dignity,
    Markets, and Motivation

    Section V: What Kind of Policy for What Kind of Society?
    10. Conclusion: What Kind of Policy for What Kind of Society?

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