“Human dignity”: more action in the trenches

A bioethicist at Weill Cornell Medical College has fired another salvo in the battle of human dignity – or to be more precise, of whether the notion of “human dignity” makes any sense or not.

Writing in the May issue of the journal Bioethics, Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, responds to an earlier contribution from Alistair Cochrane (see BioEdge). He had argued that “human dignity is flawed, fuzzy and unhelpful. However, de Melo-Martin dissects his arguments and finds them wanting. While human dignity might not be useful, the case remains unproven.

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