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Human Dignity, Life Sciences Technologies and the Renewed Imperative to Preserve Human Freedom


Andorno, Roberto (2022). Human Dignity, Life Sciences Technologies and the Renewed Imperative to Preserve Human Freedom. In: Ienca, Marcello; Pollicino, Oreste; Liguori, Laura; Andorno, Roberto. The Cambridge Handbook of Information Technology, Life Sciences and Human Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 273-285.

Abstract

This chapter argues that the notion of human dignity provides an overarching normative framework for assessing the ethical and legal acceptability of emerging life sciences technologies. After depicting the increasing duality that characterizes modern technologies, this chapter examines two different meanings of human dignity: the classical meaning that refers to the inherent worth of every individual, and the more recent understanding of this notion that refers to the integrity and identity of humankind, including future generations. The close connection between human dignity and human rights is outlined, as well as the key-role of dignity in international human rights law, and very especially in the human rights instruments relating to bioethics. The chapter concludes by briefly presenting the challenges to human dignity and human rights posed by neurotechnologies and germline gene editing technologies.

Abstract

This chapter argues that the notion of human dignity provides an overarching normative framework for assessing the ethical and legal acceptability of emerging life sciences technologies. After depicting the increasing duality that characterizes modern technologies, this chapter examines two different meanings of human dignity: the classical meaning that refers to the inherent worth of every individual, and the more recent understanding of this notion that refers to the integrity and identity of humankind, including future generations. The close connection between human dignity and human rights is outlined, as well as the key-role of dignity in international human rights law, and very especially in the human rights instruments relating to bioethics. The chapter concludes by briefly presenting the challenges to human dignity and human rights posed by neurotechnologies and germline gene editing technologies.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:26 May 2022
Deposited On:18 Aug 2022 12:01
Last Modified:18 Aug 2022 12:01
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Series Name:Cambridge Law Handbooks
ISBN:9781108775038
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108775038.023
Related URLs:https://www.cambridge.org/core/ (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:DOI ganzes Buch: 10.1017/9781108775038