Human Dignity and Bioethics

Human Dignity and Bioethics

Paperback Notre Dame Studies in Medical Ethics

Edited by Edmund D. Pellegrino, Edited by Adam Schulman, Edited by Thomas W. Merrill, Contributions by Adam Schulman, Contributions by F.Daniel Davis, Contributions by Daniel C. Dennett, Contributions by Robert P. Kraynak, Contributions by Alfonso Gomez-Lobo, Contributions by Patricia S. Churchland, Contributions by Gilbert Meilaender

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  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Format: Paperback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 36mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Notre Dame IN
  • ISBN 10: 0268038929
  • ISBN 13: 9780268038922
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 829,167

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This collection of essays, commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics, explores a fundamental concept crucial to today's discourse in law and ethics in general and in bioethics in particular. Since its formation in 2001, the council has frequently used the term 'human dignity' in its discussions and reports. In this volume scholars from the fields of philosophy, medicine and medical ethics, law, political science, and public policy address the issue of what the concept of 'human dignity' entails and its proper role in bioethical controversies. "Human Dignity and Bioethics" is an attempt to clarify a controversial concept, one that is a critical component in the decisions of policymakers.

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EDMUND D. PELLEGRINO, M.D., is professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics and adjunct professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. ADAM SCHULMAN is Tutor at St. John's College, Annapolis, and senior research consultant for the President's Council on Bioethics. THOMAS W. MERRILL is a research analyst for the President's Council on Bioethics.

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"These essays make it clear that there is no universal agreement on the meaning of the term, human dignity. Some argue that human dignity has lost its traditional meaning. Others, by contrast, hold firmly to the view that dignity is an essential identifying and irreducible element of human nature. Still others take a more biological than philosophical or theological viewpoint on the question of the meaning of human dignity. An appreciation of the variety of these views is critical, if we are to understand the divergences in how we think and act in response to the challenges posed by contemporary bioethics." - Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D."