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Modern and American Dignity - Who We Are as Persons and What That Means for Our Future - cover

Modern and American Dignity - Who We Are as Persons and What That Means for Our Future

Peter Waller

Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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An Indispensable Guide to Our Most Pressing Moral and Political DebatesThe horrors of the twentieth century exposed the insufficiency of speaking of human rights. In intending to extinguish whole classes of human beings, the Nazis and Communists did something much worse than violating rights; they aimed to reduce us all to less than who we really are. As political philosopher Peter Augustine Lawler shows in this illuminating book, rights are insecure without some deeper notion of human dignity.The threats to human dignity remain potent today—all the more so for being less obvious. Our anxious and aging society has embraced advances in science, technology, and especially biotechnology—from abortion and embryonic stem-cell research to psychopharmacology, cosmetic surgery and neurology, genetic manipulation, and the detachment of sex from reproduction. But such technical advances can come at the expense of our natural and creaturely dignity, of what we display when we know who we are and what we’re supposed to do. Our lives will only become more miserably confused if we cannot speak confidently about human dignity.In Modern and American Dignity, Lawler, who served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Bioethics, reveals the intellectual and cultural trends that threaten our confidence in human dignity. Exploring a wide range of topics with wit and elegance, Lawler has provided an indispensable guide to today’s complex political, bioethical, and cultural debates. 
Available since: 04/08/2014.
Print length: 288 pages.

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