Organ Donation by Capital Prisoners in China: Reflections in Confucian Ethics

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35 (2):197-212 (2010)

Abstract
This article discusses the practice and development of organ donation by capital prisoners in China. It analyzes the issue of informed consent regarding organ donation from capital prisoners in light of Confucian ethics and expounds the point that under the influence of Confucianism, China is a country that attaches great importance to the role of the family in practicing informed consent in various areas, the area of organ donation from capital prisoners included. It argues that a proper form of organ donation from capital prisoners can be justified within the Confucian moral context in which the proper interests of capital prisoners and their families, the benefit of organ receptors, and a rightful order of society should all be appropriately considered. From the Confucian perspective, the act of donating organs from a capital prisoner must be decided by both the prisoner and his/her family (i.e., each side should hold a veto power), whereas such donation, in the proper circumstance protected by a rightful procedure, should be appreciated as a morally praiseworthy act of the prisoner who is willing to make the final effort to repent and correct his/her evil conduct and to leave something good to the world
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1093/jmp/jhq008
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 40,715
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Re-Thinking the Role of the Family in Medical Decision-Making.Mark J. Cherry - 2015 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 40 (4):451-472.
On the Impacts of Traditional Chinese Culture on Organ Donation.Y. Cai - 2013 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (2):149-159.

View all 9 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Gender Imbalance in Living Organ Donation.Nikola Biller-Andorno - 2002 - Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 5 (2):199-203.
Sharing Our Body and Blood: Organ Donation and Feminist Critiques of Sacrifice.Ann Mongoven - 2003 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (1):89 – 114.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-07-27

Total views
72 ( #106,771 of 2,243,723 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
4 ( #498,851 of 2,243,723 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature