Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity

  • Kurt Bayertz

Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Sanctity of Life

  3. Human Dignity

  4. The Concept of a Person

  5. Problems of Critical Care

  6. The Role of the State

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 311-320

About this book


`Sanctity of life' and `human dignity' are two bioethical concepts that play an important role in bioethical discussions. Despite their separate history and content, they have similar functions in these discussions. In many cases they are used to bring a difficult or controversial debate to an end. They serve as unquestionable cornerstones of morality, as rocks able to weather the storms of moral pluralism. This book provides the reader with analyses of these two concepts from different philosophical, professional and cultural points of view. Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity presents a comparative analysis of both concepts.


Ethics Medical Ethics Moral autonomy bioethics concept

Editors and affiliations

  • Kurt Bayertz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MünsterGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7212-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1590-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-7418
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