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Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Responsibility : the New Language of Global Bioethics and Biolaw

Author: Yechiel Michael Barilan
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
Series: Basic bioethics.
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"'Human dignity' has been enshrined in international agreements and national constitutions as a fundamental human right. The World Medical Association calls on physicians to respect human dignity and to discharge their duties with dignity. And yet human dignity is a term--like love, hope, and justice--that is intuitively grasped but never clearly defined. Some ethicists and bioethicists dismiss it; other thinkers  Read more...
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Barilan, Yechiel Michael, 1966-
Human dignity, human rights, and responsibility.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012004958
(OCoLC)778990691
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yechiel Michael Barilan
ISBN: 9780262305815 026230581X 1283953072 9781283953078
OCLC Number: 812533709
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed on Oct. 11, 2012).
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 349 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction --
Hermeneutics and history of human dignity --
Reconstructing human dignity as a moral value --
Human rights or natural moral rights --
Moral status --
Responsibility beyond human rights --
A synthetic summary.
Series Title: Basic bioethics.
Responsibility: Yechiel Michael Barilan.

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"'Human dignity' has been enshrined in international agreements and national constitutions as a fundamental human right. The World Medical Association calls on physicians to respect human dignity and to discharge their duties with dignity. And yet human dignity is a term--like love, hope, and justice--that is intuitively grasped but never clearly defined. Some ethicists and bioethicists dismiss it; other thinkers point to its use in the service of particular ideologies. In this book, Michael Barilan offers an urgently needed, nonideological, and thorough conceptual clarification of human dignity and human rights, relating these ideas to current issues in ethics, law, and bioethics. Combining social history, history of ideas, moral theology, applied ethics, and political theory, Barilan tells the story of human dignity as a background moral ethos to human rights. After setting the problem in its scholarly context, he offers a hermeneutics of the formative texts on Imago Dei; provides a philosophical explication of the value of human dignity and of vulnerability; presents a comprehensive theory of human rights from a natural, humanist perspective; explores issues of moral status; and examines the value of responsibility as a link between virtue ethics and human dignity and rights. Barilan accompanies his theoretical claim with numerous practical illustrations, linking his theory to such issues in bioethics as end-of-life care, cloning, abortion, torture, treatment of the mentally incapacitated, the right to health care, the human organ market, disability and notions of difference, and privacy, highlighting many relevant legal aspects in constitutional and humanitarian law"--Publisher.

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