Owning Our Bodies

If we have rights and ownership of anything it is surely of our own body. Yet we cannot dispose of it as we please, intoxicants are outlawed, and selling our body for sexual pleasure or organ donation is restricted. Is our body strangely not our own after all? Should we insist on our rights and freedom or do we need to be protected from ourselves?
Belle de Jour blogger Brooke Magnanti, bioethicist John Harris, and author of “Our Bodies, Whose Property?” Anne Phillips interrogate ownership.
Illustration: Drawing by Gustav Klimt

Philosophy for Our Times | 20th December 2016

 

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