Regulating Bodies

Sunday, February 8, 2015
First Aired: 
Sunday, September 30, 2012

What is it

Most countries allow their citizens to smoke cigarettes, get intoxicated, and eat unhealthy food – despite the harms that such behaviors may bring to the individual's health and to the social and economic interests of the state. Yet taking certain narcotics, selling one's organs, and driving without a seat-belt are often prohibited by law. Is this an arbitrary distinction, or is there a principled reason for these diverging attitudes? What can government legitimately prohibit its citizens from doing to their own bodies -- and what can it legitimately compel them to do? John and Ken are joined by Cécile Fabre from the University of Oxford, author of Whose Body is it Anyway? Justice and the Integrity of the Person.

 
 

Cécile Fabre, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Lincoln College, University of Oxford

 
 

Bonus Content

 

Upcoming Shows

21 April 2019

Authority and Resistance

Authority can refer to people or institutions that have the political power to make decisions, give orders, and enforce rules. It can also refer to a...

28 April 2019

Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?

In a liberal democracy, individuals should have the freedom to give money to charities of their choice. But there’s a difference between charitable...

05 May 2019

What Is Religious Belief?

Many people profess to believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing, benevolent God. Yet psychological data shows that people often think and reason about...