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Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw$
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Beyleveld Deryck

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198268260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.001.0001

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The Principle of Generic Consistency and its Justification

The Principle of Generic Consistency and its Justification

(p.69) 4 The Principle of Generic Consistency and its Justification
Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Beryck Beyleveld

Roger Brownsword

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Alan Gewirth's Principle of Generic Consistency (PGC), and the two arguments for using it as the governing principle in appeals to human dignity in bioethics and biolaw. The first argument is that agents contradict that they are agents if they do not accept that the PGC is the supreme principle governing permissibility of actions. The second argument aims to show that any legal system which recognizes human rights must regard actions that violate human rights as legally invalid.

Keywords:   Alan Gewirth, Principle of Generic Consistency, legal system, human dignity, bioethics, biolaw, human rights

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