Bloody Morality: How Prohibiting Compensation for Blood Products Causes Harm

April 2020 – Remote Program

This spring IHS held a Manuscript Workshop for James Stacey Taylor, associate professor of philosophy and ethics at the College of New Jersey, to review his new manuscript “Bloody Morality: How Prohibiting Compensation for Blood and Blood Products Harms Patients and Wrongs Donors.” Philosophy, economics, and business scholars critiqued his book in a roundtable discussion, offering valuable insights to the author and other participants.

The workshop brought together a diversity of perspectives that together advanced the conversation far beyond what either of us could have done on our own. I thoroughly enjoyed and greatly benefited from being part of it.

– Jeppe von Platz, University of Richmond

“Bloody Morality” was the second Manuscript Workshop that IHS hosted online. “I can’t convey how useful and wonderful this was,” Dr. Taylor said. “I was initially skeptical of how effective our online model would be, but the online program worked really well for me.” He said he would recommend IHS workshops to other authors because he found it “unbelievably useful.”

James Stacey Taylor
James Stacey Taylor

The participants really liked the work and used the workshop as a collegial conversation to make the manuscript better, which has moved to an entirely different level of quality following all the feedback.

– James Stacey Taylor, College of New Jersey

In his manuscript, Professor Taylor defends markets in blood and plasma and explores the arguments against them, which he notes only apply to regimes where compensation is prohibited. “Bloody Morality” breaks down arguments such as failure to secure donors’ informed consent, the notion that such markets will be coercive and exploitative, and more.

It’s a treat to spend time with active and bright scholars on a topic of consequence while working in detail through a manuscript. IHS offers scholars rare opportunities to cultivate research that will crucially shape our intellectual climate.

– Andrew Cohen, Georgia State University

To learn more about IHS Research Workshops or other academic programs including funding opportunities, visit This program is made possible with support from The John Templeton Foundation.

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