David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):45-52 (2010)
In this paper, I focus on the concept of human dignity and critically assess whether such a concept, as used in the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, is indeed a useful tool for bioethical debates. However, I consider this concept within the context of the development of emerging technologies, that is, with a particular focus on transhumanism. The question I address is not whether attaching artificial limbs or enhancing particular traits or capacities would dehumanize or undignify persons but whether nonbiological entities introduced into or attached to the human body contribute to the “augmentation” of human dignity. First, I outline briefly how the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights uses the concept of dignity. Second, I look at the possibility of a universal bioethics in relation to the concept of human dignity. Third, I examine the concept of posthuman dignity and whether the concept of human dignity as construed in the declaration has any relevance to posthuman dignity.
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Inmaculada de Melo-Martín (2010). Human Dignity, Transhuman Dignity, and All That Jazz. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):53-55.
John Z. Sadler (2010). Dignity, Arête , and Hubris in the Transhumanist Debate. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):67-68.
Audrey R. Chapman (2010). Inconsistency of Human Rights Approaches to Human Dignity with Transhumanism. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):61-63.
Linda MacDonald Glenn & George Dvorsky (2010). Dignity and Agential Realism: Human, Posthuman, and Nonhuman. American Journal of Bioethics 10 (7):57-58.
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