Human Dignity

Framing the Discussion - "Reclaiming Dignity in a Culture of Commodification"

The session discussed how human dignity, once a cornerstone for bioethics, is increasingly obscured by a contemporary culture of commodification.

Podcast Episode: 
168

Grey Matters: Turning a Blind Eye: An Ethical Assessment

 

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
–Proverbs 24:12a

Podcast Episode: 
167

Editorial: Human Dignity and Biomedicine

Arguably, one of the best extended contemporary discussions of human dignity and its implications for biomedicine was commissioned under President George W. Bush and convened by his President’s Council on Bioethics. The council’s two reports, Being Human (2003) and Human Dignity and Bioethics (2008), are the results of more than a few public meetings, thousands of pages of expert testimony, and the work of two physician-scholar-chairmen, Leon Kass, MD, and Edmund Pellegrino, MD.

Podcast Episode: 
166

Paul Ramsey and Preconceptive Eugenics

 In his surprisingly prescient book entitled Fabricated Man: The Ethics of Genetic Control, the U.S. bioethicist Paul Ramsey demonstrates in 1970 an exceptional premonition of things to come. This includes developments in new reproductive procedures, such as human cloning, and other proposals such as those promoting a post-human future. On the topic of eugenics,[1] furthermore, Ramsey advances his views of possible developments though some of them may be more than a bit controversial. Indeed, he indicates that not all forms of eugenics should be seen as ethically problematic. Some may even be considered as acceptable. This is especially the case with preconceptive eugenics whereby an action takes place before an embryo is created in order to only have a healthy child.

Podcast Episode: 
173

Human Dignity, Enlightenment, and Global Bioethics

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“Dignity Never Been Photographed: Scientific Materialism, Enlightenment Liberalism, and Steven Pinker”

 

Podcast Episode: 
157

Taking Another Stab: Rethinking the Killing vs. Letting Die Distinction for the Euthanasia Debate

Some bioethicists think that if the distinction is not maintained in and of itself and by itself that it opens the door for the moral permissibility of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The presenter argues that this is not necessarily the case. Furthermore, he maintains that there is and ought to remain a strong prima facie prohibition against killing, and that these claims are consistent with an evangelical approach to Christian theology. 

Podcast Episode: 
156

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