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The Ethics of Transplants: Why Careless Thought Costs Lives [Hardcover]

Janet Radcliffe Richards
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22 Mar 2012
If you die through mistakes in moral reasoning, then you are as dead as if you die through mistakes made in medicine.

Organ transplantation saves lives yet thousands die every year on waiting lists through lack of organs. We are exhorted to donate; but is our individual reluctance the essence of the problem, or is it caused by deeper issues in the way public policy is discussed and formulated? Janet Radcliffe Richards casts a sharp critical eye on the moral arguments, forcing us to confront the logic and implications of our own position. A book for everyone who is up for intellectual challenge and is serious about moral reasoning in any context.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019957555X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199575558
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It isn't easy for philosophers trained in the analytic tradition to combine argumentative rigour with an accessible style, but she succeeds brilliantly. (London Review of Books)

Radcliffe Richards' book, without doubt, takes the debate [about organ transplants] forward. (John Forsythe, The Lancet)

A marvellously timely and lucid book. Janet Radcliffe Richards's arguments have an irresistible power to make one think about one's own taken-for-granted assumptions and go to the hidden roots of one's prejudices. (Mary Warnock)

This is applied ethics at its very best. Janet Radcliffe Richards's incisive, clear reasoning often yields surprising insights. This short book compels us to take a much more sceptical look at common assumptions concerning organ procurement, through selling or otherwise, from the living and the dead. (Peter Singer)

A concentrated weight of thoughtfulness that takes little time and no effort to be enthralled by. (Druin Burch, Times Literary Supplement)

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Janet Radcliffe Richards is currently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. She is a well-established philosopher, writer, and public commentator, and author of

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Skeptical Ethicist 23 Mar 2013
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I love JRR. She writes so clearly and reasonably, that you can follow her argument clearly and enjoy the exercise your brain is taking (well, I did!). The book reaches some interesting and challenging conclusions which are sometimes hard to 'agree' with, but the logic is there, which you cannot dismiss. I have liked this philosopher's writing since "The Skeptical Feminist", which I can honestly say "changed my way of thinking", to quote Bob Dylan. I'll read anything she writes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking... 5 Aug 2012
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A fascinating book. The reader will be shocked at how political and medical decisions about transplantation are routinely made based on emotion and/or politics rather than morality and logical thought processes.

Arguments are clearly set out so this book will appeal to the intelligent general reader as well as to the academic enquirer.
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