1st Edition

Altruism Reconsidered Exploring New Approaches to Property in Human Tissue

Edited By Michael Steinmann, Peter Sýkora, Urban Wiesing Copyright 2009
    332 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    As the use of human body parts has become increasingly commercialized, a need has arisen for new approaches to regulation that moves beyond the paradigm of altruism. During the course of this discussion, the notion of property has become a key concept. Focusing on practical and conceptual perspectives, the multidisciplinary group of authors, which includes specialists in philosophy, law, sociology, biology and medicine, have come together with practicing lawyers to consider both legal provisions and patterns of regulation in countries across Europe. Identifying divergences between different legal traditions, the authors explore various conceptual models which could be used to improve and to guide policy making. With this twin focus on practical and conceptual perspectives, this volume sets the standard for a detailed and innovative discussion of issues surrounding the regulation of research on human tissue.

    Contents: Introduction, Michael Steinmann; Part I Reciprocity and Participation: Overcoming the Models of 'Gift' and 'Altruism': Altruism in medical donations reconsidered: the reciprocity approach, Peter Sýkora; Notes on policy, language and human tissue, Richard Tutton. Part II Donation in the Light of Human Embodiment: Why the body matters: the symbolic significance of human tissue, Alastair V. Campbell; Duties towards our bodies Michael Steinmann. Part III Towards a Richer Understanding of Property in Ethics and Law: Property in human tissue: triangulating the issue, Roger Brownsword; Property rights in the body - a philosophical approach, Barbro Fröding; Reflections on entitlements in the human body from and equity perspective, Nils Hoppe. Part IV Models of Governance: Pitfalls and Possibilities: Using tissue and material from the human body for biomedical research: proposals for a normative model, Christian Lenk and Nils Hoppe; Preventing conflicts of interests in the field of human biological materials: the 'contractual model' as an avant-garde, Christine Noiville; The model of trust, Caroline Mullen; Moore's law and the taxman: some theses on the regulation of property in human tissue, Jasper A. Bovenberg; An investigation of the conception, management and regulation of tangible and intangible property in human tissue: the PropEur project, Caroline Mullen and Heather Widdows. Part V The Persisting Challenges of Regulation: Personal rights over an individual's biological sample stored for research, Aitziber Emaldi-Cirión; Human biological materials between civil, trade and health law: ethical, anthropological and legal implications of conflicts of law system, Cathérine Labrusse-Riou; Indirect commodification of ova donation for assisted reproduction and for human cloning research: proposals for supranational regulation, Ingrid Schneider; Accessing genetic information: anomalies arising from the regulation of genetic material and genetic information in t


    Dr Michael Steinmann is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Prior to this, he taught philosophy at the Pennsylvania State University and was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tubingen, where he was involved in several projects on problems of biotechnological innovation, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. He is the co-author of a book on standards in clinical studies. His research interests include standards of rationality and the plurality of values in bioethics. Professor Dr Peter Sýkora holds the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Trnava. He is a member of the National Ethics Committee, Vice-Chairman of the National UNESCO Bioethics Committee in Slovakia and is included in the UNESCO Global Ethics Observatory database of ethics experts. His research interests include the conceptualization of human nature and the early human embryo, ethics of stem cell research and PGD, infanticide, ethnicity, and evolution theory. Professor Dr Urban Wiesing holds the Chair of Medical Ethics at the University of Tubingen and is Director of the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine. Professor Wiesing is also Chairman of the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Medicine and deputy member of the IRB Board of Physicians of Baden-Wurttemberg. He is also Chairman of the Central Ethics Committee at the Federal Board of Physicians. His fields of research include ethical and philosophical implications of genetic screening, reproductive medicine and genetics, and research ethics.

    'This timely and important collection confronts complex bioethical and legal issues and raises profound philosophical and legal questions. These essays help to unpack the intricate connections between the requirements of health research and concern for individual autonomy, our 'ownership' of our bodies and body parts, and the fundamentals of human dignity.' John Christman, Pennsylvania State University, USA 'Changes in biomedical research and practice require rethinking ethical frameworks. This collection reconsiders understandings and applicability of such concepts as "altruism" and "gift" in relation to tissue donation and biobanks. From a distinguished range of scholars, the chapters visit such notions as duties towards the human body, exploring models of governance and regulation to meet current challenges, both theoretically and practically. A "must read".' Ruth Chadwick, Cardiff University, UK 'Altruism Reconsidered brings together an impressively diverse range of leading scholars, from several different countries and traditions, to scrutinise the concept of property in the human body and its implications for bioethics and regulation. Given the increasing importance of such practices as biobanking, it is a timely and useful addition to the literature.' Stephen Wilkinson, Keele University, UK '... the book succeeds in producing a colourful kaleidoscope of opinions and disciplinary flavours. While a reader might imagine lengthy and boring explanations of a dry legal matter when thinking of property, the book reads well and has succeeded to show the richness and fascination of the matter, as well as the difficulties and limitations of present regulations.' Asian Bioethics Review '...this book provides a handy one-volume introduction to the quickly changing regulatory framework for human tissue transfer in Europe.' Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy