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Titmuss revisited: from tax credits to markets
  1. James Stacey Taylor
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Stacey Taylor, Department of Philosophy, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628, USA; jtaylor{at}


Petersen and Lippert-Rasmussen argue that persons who decide to be organ donors should receive a tax break, and then defend their view against eight possible objections. However, they misunderstand the Titmuss-style concerns that might be raised against their proposal. This does not mean that it should be rejected, but, instead, that when it is reconfigured to meet the Titmuss-style charges against it, they should support legalizing markets in human organs rather than merely offering tax breaks to encourage their donation.

  • Coercion
  • euthanasia
  • titmuss
  • tax credits
  • markets
  • kidneys

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