In Defense of the Dignity of Being Human
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Aug; 14(4): 18-22.
The concept of human dignity is examined in terms of the religious belief that man is created in God's image and from the Kantian viewpoint that man's autonomy gives special value to our species. The theory of psychic determinism and the prospect of genetic engineering of humans are seen as attacks on self determination. Five additional attributes that make humans "special" are explored: conceptual thought, the capacity for technology, our range of emotions, "Lamarckian" environmental genetics, and the freedom to change and modify ourselves. (KIE abstract)
Autonomy; Behavioral Genetics; Biomedical Technologies; Cells; Emotions; Engineering; Evolution; Freedom; Genetic Engineering; Genetic Intervention; Genetics; Germ Cells; Human Dignity; Human Rights; Moral Obligations; Personhood; Psychology; Religion; Rights; Self Concept; Self Determination; Technology;
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