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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

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Why Bioethics Isn’t Ready for Human Dignity

Why Bioethics Isn’t Ready for Human Dignity

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199385997.003.0016

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

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