Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Stephen Pinker questions Dignity in the New Republic

Stephen Pinker attacks the President's Council on Bioethics in a new article in the New Republic. He criticizes the idea of "dignity," propounded by the Coucil, as a "squishy, subjective notion, hardly up to the heavyweight moral demands assigned to it." In its stead, he proposes a reliance on "personal autonomy," the firmness and objectivity of which he never actually defends in the article.

It's getting a lot of attention and criticism. More on it later.


Anonymous said...

Martin's link doesn't work.
Try this one:

Interesting how supporters of stem cell research were "Expelled" from the President's Council.

Martin Cothran said...

Yuval Levin contests that claim in his response, which I posted today.