Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
DignityA History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Remy Debes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199385997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385997.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 31 July 2021

Why Bioethics Isn’t Ready for Human Dignity

Why Bioethics Isn’t Ready for Human Dignity

(p.323) Reflection Why Bioethics Isn’t Ready for Human Dignity

Marcus Düwell

Oxford University Press

Discussions in bioethics were perhaps the main reason why human dignity was so intensely debated over the last years. However, the role of human dignity in bioethics is unclear. But the reason is not that the concept is “useless”—as some have claimed—but rather that the dominant methodologies in bioethics (such as principlism) are not sufficiently prepared to deal with this concept. Moreover, bioethical debates are often overshadowed by ideological and religious attempts to monopolize the notion. The result is that most bioethical methodologies are not well suited to appreciate the specific function of human dignity as a foundation of the entire human rights framework.

Keywords:   human dignity, bioethics, moral status, speciesism, medical technology

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .