Department of Political Science

Opt-Out to the Rescue: Organ donation and samaritan duties

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Deceased organ donation is widely considered as a case of easy rescue―that is, a case in which A may bestow considerable benefits on B while incurring negligent costs herself. Yet, the policy implications of this observation remain unclear. Drawing on Christopher H. Wellman’s samaritan account of political obligations, the paper develops a case for a so-called opt-out system, i.e., a scheme in which people are defaulted into being donors. The proposal’s key idea is that we may arrange people’s options in specific ways for the sake of others.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Health Ethics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

    Research areas

  • opt-out, organ donation, samaritatianism, duty to donate, Wellman, Nudging

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