Boston University School of Law

Biomedical Ethics and the Law: A Critical Perspective

Keith N. Hylton

Boston University School of Law Working Paper 07-02

Abstract

This essay critically reviews the theory of biomedical ethics from a law-and-economics perspective.  It suggests that the best direction for society is toward greater reliance on property rights and recognized spheres of autonomy, coupled with freedom of contract within specified limits; and that as a result, the role of the biomedical ethicist should be diminished over time rather than enhanced.  I consider applications to the duty of beneficence and commerce in body parts.

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Suggested Citation:

Keith N. Hylton, "Biomedical Ethics and the Law: A Critical Perspective," forthcoming, Annual Review of Law and Ethics.

Contact Information

Keith N. Hylton

Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

knhylton@bu.edu

 

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