Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

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Human Dignity

  • Roberto AndornoEmail author
  • Antonio Pele
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_231-1

Abstract

The concept of human dignity plays an increasing role in contemporary ethics, bioethics, and human rights. This chapter aims, first, to present the major paradigms of dignity that have contributed over the centuries to shape the modern idea that every individual has inherent worth and accompanying rights; second, to stress that human dignity holds a prominent place as an overarching principle in the international documents relating to bioethics; and finally, to point out that the idea of dignity plays also an important guiding role as a moral standard for patient care at the bedside.

Keywords

Human dignity Global bioethics Human rights International law 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of LawUniversity of ZürichZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.PUC Rio UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil