Human Exceptionalism

WJS at UNIS: Speech Exerpt

Regular readers of SHS will recall that I was honored to be asked by the United Nations International School to lecture at a two day bioethics conference it held for about 700 students from all around the world.  My theme was the importance of intrinsic human dignity in bioethics.

Part of the speech is now being streamed at the UNIS site.  It begins about half way through my presentation.  The part that is missing concerned the stakes of the debate in bioethics over human intrinsic dignity, as set forth quite candidly in a paper published in Bioethics arguing for an “undignified” bioethics, a paper that I discussed here.

The first question, by the way, was an adult adviser who sat in the front row.  She was later told to let the students ask questions. In that regard, the students were very impressive and asked excellent questions.  Hope!

In any event, if you want to see me tub thump for human exceptionalism in bioethics, here’s the link.

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