Diametros 51:65-89 (2017)

Biomedical sciences cannot answer the question who should be saved from death if not everyone can be. This is an ethical issue. However, we face exactly this question when deliberating on the criteria for organ allocation. The main aim of this article is to formulate a pluralistic theory of just distribution of organs, which incorporates the tenets of utilitarianism, egalitarianism and sufficientarianism. Each constituent theory adopts a different value as a criterion for organ allocation. For utilitarianism it is a health benefit for the patient, for egalitarianism it is the ratio of deserts and health-related well being, for sufficientarianism what is important is that the candidate for a transplant be situated below the sufficientarian threshold. The article presents a proposal to reconcile these three competing theories.
Keywords organ allocation  sufficientarianism  Derek Parfit  utilitarianism  prioritarianism  egalitaryzm  Roger Crisp  egalitarianism  etyka transplantacji  priorytaryzm  transplantation ethics
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DOI 10.13153/diam.51.2017.1032
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