Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/58913
Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis Clarivate Analytics Web of Science / Article in Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (S1)
Field of Science: Filosofija / Philosophy (H001)
Author(s): Gordon, John-Stewart
Title: Indignity and old age
Is part of: Bioethics. Chichester : John Wiley and Sons, 2018, Vol. 32, iss. 4
Extent: p. 223-232
Date: 2018
Note: Online ISSN: 1467-8519
Keywords: Human dignity;Old age;Notion of indignity;Inconclusiveness
Abstract: This article examines the nature of human dignity against the background of old age and introduces the novel idea of treating human dignity as a formal principle related to the more foundational notion of indignity. The discussion starts with the objection that the notion of human dignity can be used to justify contrary positions and is therefore inconclusive. This pitfall can be averted by appealing to the notion of indignity rather than dignity in one's moral reasoning and decision‐making. Cases of indignity are more primary and indicate the violation of the very core of a human being. The verifiable property of vulnerability is central to this identification of indignity, as is illustrated by reference to the experiences of elderly people. The article argues for applying the concept of human dignity to reverse the conditions that existed before a particular indignity emerged, rather than trying to define positively the notion of human dignity in the first place
Internet: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12434
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/bioe.12434
Affiliation(s): Filosofijos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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