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The Principle of Generic Consistency and its Justification

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268260.003.0005

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

The Principle of Generic Consistency and its Justification

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This chapter discusses Alan Gewirth's Principle of Generic Consistency (PGC), and the two arguments for using it as the governing principle in appeals to human dignity in bioethics and biolaw. The first argument is that agents contradict that they are agents if they do not accept that the PGC is the supreme principle governing permissibility of actions. The second argument aims to show that any legal system which recognizes human rights must regard actions that violate human rights as legally invalid.

Keywords: Alan Gewirth; Principle of Generic Consistency; legal system; human dignity; bioethics; biolaw; human rights

Chapter.  9113 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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