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Dig Deeper: Replacement Parts

replacement parts caplanA Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Arthur L. Caplan, PhD; The Rev. James J. McCartney, OSA; and Daniel P. Reid ‘14 CLAS will take place today at 3:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library. Dr. Caplan, an internationally recognized bioethicist, along with co-editors Father McCartney and Reid, will discuss their collection of essays from medicine, philosophy, economics and religion that address the ethical challenges raised by organ transplantation.

Their book, Replacement Parts, takes an interdisciplinary approach to fundamental issues like the determination of death and the dead donor rule; the divisive case of using anencephalic infants as organ donors; the sale of cadaveric or live organs; possible strategies for increasing the number of available organs, including market solutions and the idea of presumed consent; and questions surrounding transplant tourism and “gaming the system” by using the media to gain access to organs.

The author, Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, is the head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the author or editor of over thirty books and six hundred articles. Co-editor Father James J. McCartney is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Villanova University and an adjunct professor in its School of Law. In the past he has been the ethics consultant for several major health systems in the United States. Daniel P. Reid, co-editor, is a recent graduate of Villanova University.

This event, co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Philosophy, is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the ethical issues surrounding organ donation, check out the following resources provided by Robin Bowles, subject librarian for science, biology, and nursing.


Dig Deeper

 Falvey Memorial Library resource list featuring 13 Falvey holdings:

Replacement Parts

Highlight of the list: Transplantation Ethics by Robert M. Veatch

book cover Robert M. Veatch Transplantation Ethics

Further resources:

Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context—Topic: Organ Donation
A collection of news articles, editorials, Academic articles, and other related information covering the topic of Organ Donation for the undergraduate.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia of Bioethics


RS4532_FML164_RobinBowles_019_EDITDig Deeper links selected by Robin Bowles, liaison librarian for science, biology, and nursing.


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