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Dignity, Rights, and Virtue under the Principle of Generic Consistency

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/9780198268260.003.0007

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Dignity, Rights, and Virtue under the Principle of Generic Consistency

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This chapter develops a conception of human dignity, on the presumption that the Principle of Generic Consistency is the supreme principle of morality, by examining the connection between having dignity and having rights, and having dignity and acting virtuously. It addresses three questions: (1) what constitutes dignity, where this is viewed as the property by virtue of which creatures have generic rights? (2) what creatures have dignity? and (3) what are we to make of dignified conduct, where this is viewed as a virtue?

Keywords: human dignity; Principle of Generic Consistency; morality; generic rights; dignity; dignified conduct; virtue

Chapter.  16483 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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