Gifts of the Body and the Needs of Strangers
Murray, Thomas H.
Hastings Center Report. 1987 Apr; 17(2): 30-38.
Relationships governed by markets keep moral and social dimensions to a bare minimum. Gifts, by their open-endedness, defy such minimalization. Impersonal gifts such as blood or body parts or charity may not regulate relationships between specific individuals, but they serve other functions by regulating larger relationships and honoring important human values, precisely those threatened by massive and impersonal bureaucracies.
Altruism; Biomedical Research; Blood; Blood Donation; Common Good; Contracts; Donors; Gifts; International Aspects; Moral Obligations; Motivation; Obligations to Society; Organ Donation; Organ Donors; Patients; Patients' Rights; Property Rights; Property; Remuneration; Research; Rights; Social Interaction; Tissue Donation; Transplant Recipients; Values; Volunteers;
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