David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (1):89 – 114 (2003)
Feminist analysis of cultural mythology surrounding organ donation offers a critical perspective on current U.S. transplant policy. My argument is three-pronged. First, I argue that organ donation is appropriately understood as a sacrifice. Structurally, donation accords both to general and to specifically Christian archetypes of sacrifice. The characterization of donation as sacrifice resonates in the cultural psyche even though it is absent in public rhetoric. Second, I characterize widespread feminist concerns about the over-glorification of sacrifice. These concerns provide a helpful framework for considering whether the sacrifice of organ donation is over-glorified in our culture. Third, I consider several specific aspects of organ recruitment and organ allocation. Each demonstrates an over-glorification of sacrifice that leads to a dangerous "routinization" of sacrifice. None of these excesses are addressable without due attention to the symbolic import of organ donation and transplantation. I close by suggesting lessons my analysis offers to Christian churches who support donation, to the discourse of bioethics, and to the general public.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Amy Mullin (2006). Parents and Children: An Alternative to Selfless and Unconditional Love. Hypatia 21 (1):181-200.
Govert den Hartogh (2012). The Role of the Relatives in Opt-in Systems of Postmortal Organ Procurement. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15 (2):195-205.
Similar books and articles
Mohammed Ghaly (2012). Religio-Ethical Discussions on Organ Donation Among Muslims in Europe: An Example of Transnational Islamic Bioethics. [REVIEW] Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 15 (2):207-220.
Mary Jiang Bresnahan & Kevin Mahler (2010). Ethical Debate Over Organ Donation in the Context of Brain Death. Bioethics 24 (2):54-60.
Walter Glannon & Lainie Friedman Ross (2005). Response to “Intrafamilial Organ Donation Is Often an Altruistic Act” by Aaron Spital (CQ Vol 12, No 1) and “Donor Benefit Is the Key to Justified Living Organ Donation,” by Aaron Spital (CQ Vol 13, No 1): Motivation, Risk, and Benefit in Living Organ Donation: A Reply to Aaron Spital. [REVIEW] Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 14 (02):191-194.
Laura A. Siminoff & Christina M. Saunders Sturm (2000). African-American Reluctance to Donate: Beliefs and Attitudes About Organ Donation and Implications for Policy. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (1):59-74.
Hayden Bernstein, Organ-Trafficking and the State of Israel: Jewish and Ethical Guidelines for a Regulated Market in Human Organs.
Sandra Woien, Mohamad Rady, Joseph Verheijde & Joan McGregor (2006). Organ Procurement Organizations Internet Enrollment for Organ Donation: Abandoning Informed Consent. [REVIEW] BMC Medical Ethics 7 (14):1-9.
Nikola Biller-Andorno (2002). Gender Imbalance in Living Organ Donation. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (2):199-203.
S. Giles (2005). An Antidote to the Emerging Two Tier Organ Donation Policy in Canada: The Public Cadaveric Organ Donation Program. Journal of Medical Ethics 31 (4):188-191.
Stef van den Branden & Bert Broeckaert (2011). The Ongoing Charity of Organ Donation. Contemporary English Sunni Fatwas on Organ Donation and Blood Transfusion. Bioethics 25 (3):167 - 175.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads50 ( #50,862 of 1,700,324 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,700,324 )
How can I increase my downloads?