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Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Beyleveld Deryck


The concept of human dignity is increasingly invoked in bioethical debate and, indeed, in international instruments concerned with biotechnology and biomedicine. While some commentators consider appeals to human dignity to be little more than rhetoric and not worthy of serious consideration, this book gives such appeals distinct and defensible meaning through an application of the moral theory of Alan Gewirth. In Part One, the book seeks to bring human dignity more clearly into focus. It sketches two opposed conceptions, ‘human dignity as empowerment’, which treats human rights as based on the ... More

Keywords: human dignity, bioethical debate, biotechnology, biomedicine, moral theory, Alan Gewirth, empowerment, human rights, constraint, Kantian theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198268260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beyleveld Deryck, author