This article traces the history of the concept of dignity in Western thought, arguing that it became a formal Catholic theological concept only in the late
Author offers an analytic defense of the coherence of the distinction between "killing" and "allowing to die," based on contemporary philosophy of action and intention.
Recently, the rule of double effect, which has a long history in ethics, especially medical ethics, has come under serious criticism in the medical literature. Because of its immen
Arguments against physicians' claims of a right to refuse to provide tests or treatments to patients based on conscientious objection often depend on two premises that are rarely m
The word "dignity" has become something of a slogan in bioethics, often invoked by both sides of debates about a variety of scientific and clinical issues, supporting contradictory
Dignity appears to be an important concept in ethics. The word is used frequently in international documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations