Text full multimedia monochrome

First time here?

Find out more about how The Lecture List works.

Coronavirus situation update

Our lecture organisers may or may not have had time to update their events with cancellation notices. Clearly social gatherings are to be avoided and that includes lectures. STAY AT HOME FOLKS, PLEASE.


Find out what you can do to keep The Lecture List online

Ethical Doubt about a Market in Live Donor Organs

Simon Rippon asks: should we be permitted to sell our unnecessary organs?

Arguments against selling parts of our bodies such as one of our kidneys are often couched in religious terms, or otherwise depend on highly questionable metaphysical or ethical assumptions, and proponents of organ markets have dismissed the arguments against permitting the sale of human organs as all of a piece - a set of attempted rationalisations of a pre-reflective and irrational feeling of repugnance. Simon Rippon outlines a more serious, humanist objection to an organ market based not on a feeling of repugnance, but on the potential for real harm to the poor that permitting an organ market could produce.

Simon Rippon is a philosopher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics whose research interests lie mainly in the fields of bioethics, neuroethics, normative ethics, and metaethics. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation at Harvard on the nature of morality and our ways of knowing about it. He regularly on ethical issues for the general reader at the Oxford Uehiro Centre's group blog Practical Ethics.


Dr Simon Rippon | talks


Date and Time:

6 November 2011 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

More at Conway Hall...



£3 on the door/free to SPES members.

Available from:

Additional Information:


Register to tell a friend about this lecture.


If you would like to comment about this lecture, please register here.


Any ad revenue is entirely reinvested into the Lecture List's operating fund