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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2000

Mark D. Linville
Pages 320-332
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil200017326

A Defense of Human Dignity

The traditional doctrine of human dignity has fallen on hard times. It is said that that doctrine is “speciesist to the core” and “the moral effluvium of a discredited metaphysics.” Those of us who would defend the view that humans enjoy greater moral standing than nonhuman living things must answer the question, “What’s so special about humans?” In this paper, I argue that moral agency is a great-making property that confers special worth on its bearer.

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