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Persona y Bioética

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PFEIFFER, María Luisa. EL TRASPLANTE DE ÓRGANOS: VALORES Y DERECHOS HUMANOS. pers.bioét. [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.2, pp.8-25. ISSN 0123-3122.

There are many constituent elements in the transplant technique making it become paradigmatic for an analysis of both philosophical and ethical nature. Incarnated in it, we find several ingredients of the cultural paradigm in force today technological support for medical practice, the preeminence of pragmatic conducts, a model of the technical doctor with permission to intrude in a body and mutilate it, the body as a machine, the likelihood of immortality, and freedom as a choice. This work shows that transplants would be impossible as a practice without the acceptance, with no objection, of any such suppositions that our culture deems valuable. Furthermore, it ethically devises these suppositions and their consequences.

Keywords : Transplant; ethics; technology pragmatism; donors' rights; recipients' rights; corpses' rights.

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