Res Publica

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 137–140 | Cite as

Reply to Wilkinson

  • Cécile Fabre


In his review of my book Whose Body is It Anyway, Wilkinson criticises the view (which I defend) that confiscating live body parts for the sake of the needy is (under some circumstances) a requirement of justice. Wilkinson makes the following three points: (a) the confiscation thesis is problematic on its own terms; (b) there is a way to justify coercive resource transfers without being committed to it; (c) the thesis rests on a highly questionable approach to the status of the body. Wilkinson’s paper is challenging, and some of his points are well taken. On the whole, however, it does not constitute an insurmountable challenge for my thesis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and IRUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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