Human Dignity as a Component of a Long-Lasting and Widespread Conceptual Construct

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (2):201-211 (2014)

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Bernard Baertschi
University of Geneva
Abstract
For some decades, the concept of human dignity has been widely discussed in bioethical literature. Some authors think that this concept is central to questions of respect for human beings, whereas others are very critical of it. It should be noted that, in these debates, dignity is one component of a long-lasting and widespread conceptual construct used to support a stance on the ethical question of the moral status of an action or being. This construct has been used from Modernity onward to condemn slavery and torture as violations of human dignity. In spelling it out, we can come to a better understanding of what “dignity” means and become aware that there exists a quite useful place for this notion in our ethical thought, albeit a modest one
Keywords Dignity  Intrinsic value  Person  Moral status  Slavery  Torture
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9512-9
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