Property and the Body: Applying Honore

Muireann Quigley

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This paper argues that the new commercial and quasi-commercial activities of medicine, scientists, pharmaceutical companies and industry with regard to human tissue has given rise to a whole new way of valuing our bodies. It is argued that a property framework may be an effective and constructive method of exploring issues arising from this. The paper refers to A M Honoré's theory of ownership and aims to show that we have full liberal ownership of our own bodies and as such can be considered to be self-owners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)631-4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • Bioethical Issues
  • Humans
  • Human Body
  • Ownership
  • Human Rights


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