Dignity, Solidarity, and the Sanctity of Human Life
In many discussions of the human tragedies and choices which are often linked to the ethical issues of death and dying, phrases such as “the sanctity of life”, “the dignity of human life”, and “human solidarity” are often invoked as part of the discussion. Such phrases are used in a number of ways. At times they are deployed to prohibit actions. Those, for example, who argue for restrictions on abortion often speak of the sanctity and the dignity of human life. At the same time such language is used in appeals which are deployed to support injunctions to act in ways that are supportive of others. Such injunctions are supported by the appeal to “solidarity” among human beings. Indeed much of the social teaching of the Church, exhorting the fulfillment of positive moral obligations towards others, invokes a language of “solidarity”, “dignity”, and “sanctity”.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Boyle, J.: 1989, ’sanctity of life and suicide: Tensions and developments within common morality’, in Baruch A. Brody (ed.), Suicide and Euthanasia, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Philosophy and Medicine, Vol. 35, pp. 221–250.Google Scholar
- Clouser, K. Danner: 1973, ‘The sanctity of life — An analysis of a concept’, Annals of Internal Medicine, 78: 119–125.Google Scholar
- Donovan, M. A: 1988, ‘Alive to the glory of God: A key insight into St. Irenaeus’, Theological Studies, 49, 283–297.Google Scholar
- Donagan, A: 1977, A Theory of Morality, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.Google Scholar
- Engelhardt, H. T.: 1991, Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Searchfor a Common Morality, SCM Press, London.Google Scholar
- Irenaeus: 1979 Against Heresies, 4, 20, 7 in A Roberts, J. Donaldson (eds.), The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1, Wm. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan.Google Scholar