Dignity vs. Virtue: Kantian conception of rationality and its bioethical consequences
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April 28, 2010
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It is precisely this argument that is really the heart of the controversy of many modern ethical crises, especially in the areas of bio and medical ethics, where the most encompassing and widely publicized issues are in the areas of abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
Both abortion and stem cell research involve the termination of something that can and will become life under the right conditions - a new human life...
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The problem: is this something really a thing, or is the correct term perhaps somebody? And do the conditions under which this something exists have the power to alter an object so much as to make it switch between value and dignity, in Kantian terminology? There is still no answer to these questions, to the extent that an answer would establish a general consensus (today such a consensus is often in the form of a law)...
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