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