Undignified Bioethics

  title={Undignified Bioethics},
  author={Alasdair Cochrane},
  journal={ERN: Behavioral Economics (Topic)},
  • A. Cochrane
  • Published 3 May 2010
  • Philosophy
  • ERN: Behavioral Economics (Topic)
The concept of dignity is pervasive in bioethics. However, some bioethicists have argued that it is useless on three grounds: that it is indeterminate; that it is reactionary; and that it is redundant. In response, a number of defences of dignity have recently emerged. All of these defences claim that when dignity is suitably clarified, it can be of great use in helping us tackle bioethical controversies. This paper rejects such defences of dignity. It outlines the four most plausible… 
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