Purloined Organs

Psychoanalysis of Transplant Organs as Objects of Desire

  • H.A.E. Zwart

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About this book


This book addresses organ transplantation from a psychoanalytical  perspective. Where other authors consider topics of informed consent, scarcity and organ trade, Zwart explores the ways in which the practice fundamentally challenges our basic experience and image of the body, revolving around issues such as embodiment, ownership and bodily integrity. In organ transplantation, the body emerges as something which we simultaneously have and are—constituting a whole, as well as a set of partial objects that can be transplanted and replaced, donated and sold.


Psychoanalysis Transplant Organs Biomedicine Embodiment Organ Theft Organ Traffic Bioethics Depth Ethics Organ Donation

Authors and affiliations

  • H.A.E. Zwart
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  1. 1.Erasmus School of PhilosophyErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05353-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05354-3
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