... characters and that of just about everybody else in the corrupt
society. He constantly understates the horror of his characters'
situation in order to present them as human beings whom disaster
has struck rather than as Blacks who have, typically, been
victimized by Whites. He is only against the in ...
The tension between self governance and absolute inner worth in
... he concepts of autonomy and dignity play a central role in
contemporary discussions on bioethics. According to one
popular view, personal autonomy, understood as the
freedom of individuals to do, choose, and be whatever they
want is the paramount ethical consideration in medicine,
health care, and t ...
Report on `Embryonic Hopes: Societal and legal dimensions of
... ‘Embryonic Hopes: Social and legal dimensions of reproductive medicine
and human cloning’
The ‘Embryonic Hopes’ workshop, which was held at King’s College London on
6th June, brought together a number of persons from the wider academic
community to discuss the promises and expectations of reproducti ...
Dignity and Indignity
... The boldness of Nietzsche's assertion won the hearts of many
"rebels" in the nineteenth and twentieth century. They loved its contempt
for the values of traditional religion. And they loved the promise of personal liberation which seemed to flow from its defiance. The timidity of
humanist attempts t ...
Seven Key Themes handout
... and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is
the central social institution that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have
a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good ...
Moral, ethical, legal, and political discussions use the concept of dignity to express the idea that a being has an innate right to be valued, respected, and to receive ethical treatment. In the modern context dignity can function as an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights. English-speakers often use the word ""dignity"" in proscriptive and cautionary ways: for example in politics it can be used to critique the treatment of oppressed and vulnerable groups and peoples, but it has also been applied to cultures and sub-cultures, to religious beliefs and ideals, to animals used for food or research, and to plants. ""Dignity"" also has descriptive meanings pertaining to human worth, although there is no exact or agreed-upon definition of this worth. In general, the term has various functions and meanings depending on how the term is used and on the context.The English word ""dignity"", attested from the early 13th century, comes from Latin dignitas (worthiness)by way of French dignité. In ordinary modern usage it denotes ""respect"" and ""status"", and it is often used to suggest that someone is not receiving a proper degree of respect, or even that they are failing to treat themselves with proper self-respect. There is also a long history of special philosophical use of this term. However, it is rarely defined outright in political, legal, and scientific discussions. International proclamations have thus far left dignity undefined,and scientific commentators, such as those arguing against genetic research and algeny, cite dignity as a reason but are ambiguous about its application.