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The Care Of The Body

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This chapter discusses some issues relation to the commodification of the human body. It explores some aspects of these matters-relating both to personal conduct and to issues of public policy. The author comments upon the following: The fist is: is there anything wrong with commodification, in cases where there is a genuine need which, on the face of it, will be difficult to meet without commodification? If this is not the case today with the case of kidneys, it will certainly be the case soon. The second concerns prostitution. Here, the issues are difficult. The author suggests the argument at the level of public policy is complex, there is an important personal dimension to the issue, too. At the very least, those who might feel inclined to use such services could well reflect on just what is involved-of just how they are asking another person to behave.

Keywords: commodification; human body; kidney



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