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David Kirchhoffer
Australian Catholic University
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    Human Dignity and Human Tissue: A Meaningful Ethical Relationship?D. G. Kirchhoffer & K. Dierickx - 2011 - Journal of Medical Ethics 37 (9):552-556.
    Human dignity has long been used as a foundational principle in policy documents and ethical guidelines intended to govern various forms of biomedical research. Despite the vast amount of literature concerning human dignity and embryonic tissues, the majority of biomedical research uses non-embryonic human tissue. Therefore, this contribution addresses a notable lacuna in the literature: the relationship, if any, between human dignity and human tissue. This paper first elaborates a multidimensional understanding of human dignity that overcomes many of the shortcomings (...)
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    Human Dignity and Consent in Research Biobanking.D. G. Kirchhoffer & K. Dierickx - 2012 - South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 5 (2):74--77.
    Biobanking policy needs to take into account the concept of human dignity, because this concept is enshrined in both international and South African law. The accepted understanding of informed consent, which is also required by law, is inadequate for biobanking because it is often not possible to inform people of possible uses of their stored tissue. If human dignity is understood as a multidimensional concept that corresponds to the multidimensionality of the human person, then human dignity can be said to (...)
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    Human Dignity and the Moral Status of Animals.D. G. Kirchhoffer - 2012 - Southern African Public Law 27 (1):119--135.
    The concept of human dignity is widely used in contemporary ethics and law as a foundational criterion for moral reasoning. Nonetheless, the concept has recently received criticism from various quarters. Some of this criticism has come from representatives of the animal liberation movement. The concept of human dignity is accused of underpinning an ethics that is anthropocentric and speciesist. That is, human dignity is said to be used as the basis of an ultimately unjustifiable attribution of intrinsic moral worth only (...)
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