Human dignity, biolaw, and the basis of moral community.

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Authors: Brownsword, R.

Journal: Journal International de Bioethique

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 21

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Authors: Brownsword, R.

Journal: J Int Bioethique

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 21-157

ISSN: 1145-0762

This paper argues that the concept of human dignity, as currently contested, offers no clear guidance to lawmakers. Within the "bioethical triangle", human dignity has a quite different significance depending upon whether one is a utilitarian, a human rights theorist, or a dignitarian. Having rejected the possibility of an easy accommodation between these views, it is suggested that we should conceive of human dignity as a precondition for (any form of) moral community--specifically, a setting in which humans try to do the right thing and accept responsibility for their freely chosen actions. If lawmakers re-focus on human dignity in this way, they will have some important guidance in the face of a raft of emerging technologies.

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Authors: Brownsword, R.

Journal: Journal international de bioéthique = International journal of bioethics

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

ISSN: 1145-0762

This paper argues that the concept of human dignity, as currently contested, offers no clear guidance to lawmakers. Within the "bioethical triangle", human dignity has a quite different significance depending upon whether one is a utilitarian, a human rights theorist, or a dignitarian. Having rejected the possibility of an easy accommodation between these views, it is suggested that we should conceive of human dignity as a precondition for (any form of) moral community--specifically, a setting in which humans try to do the right thing and accept responsibility for their freely chosen actions. If lawmakers re-focus on human dignity in this way, they will have some important guidance in the face of a raft of emerging technologies.

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Authors: Brownsword, R.

Journal: Journal international de bioethique = International journal of bioethics

Volume: 21

Issue: 4

Pages: 21-157

eISSN: 2102-5169

ISSN: 1145-0762

This paper argues that the concept of human dignity, as currently contested, offers no clear guidance to lawmakers. Within the "bioethical triangle", human dignity has a quite different significance depending upon whether one is a utilitarian, a human rights theorist, or a dignitarian. Having rejected the possibility of an easy accommodation between these views, it is suggested that we should conceive of human dignity as a precondition for (any form of) moral community--specifically, a setting in which humans try to do the right thing and accept responsibility for their freely chosen actions. If lawmakers re-focus on human dignity in this way, they will have some important guidance in the face of a raft of emerging technologies.

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