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James Stacey Taylor (The College of New Jersey)

Philosophy Colloquium Series

March 29, 2013 3:00 pm Philosophy Conference Room

"Why Markets in Human Organs Should be Legalized"


The best way to alleviate the current desperate shortage of human transplant organs is to legalize a market in human organs. In this talk, Taylor show why this is so, and then defend this claim against the best objections leveled against it, including the view that it would exploit the poor.


Stacey Taylor is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey. Branded a heretic by the London Times for his arguments in favor of legalizing markets in human organs in his book Stakes and Kidneys: Why markets in human organs are morally imperative (Ashgate, 2005), he is also the author of Practical Autonomy and Bioethics (Routledge, 2009), and Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics (Routledge, 2012). He is the editor of Personal Autonomy: New essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Death: Metaphysics and Ethics (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is currently working on a book defending markets in everything, including votes and children. In addition to his academic writing he has authored numerous Op-Eds on bioethical issues which have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and USA Today.

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