Modern and american Dignity : Who We Are as Persons, and What That Means for Our Future

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  • Copyright: 2010-12-27
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Science, Technology, and the Human Person How have advances in science, technology, and especially biotechnology shaped our understanding of human dignity? Political philosopher Peter Augustine Lawler, who served on President George W. Bushrs"s Council on Bioethics, shows that the modern view denies whatrs"s good about who we are by nature, understanding human dignity as either autonomy (moral freedom from natureshy;shy;) or productivity (the transformation of nature through industrious ingenuity). The American understanding of dignity is more elevated, drawing from modern, Christian, and classical sources and maintaining that personal significance has a natural foundation. But this American view is now under assault from intellectual and cultural forces that deny our natural and creaturely dignity. Modern and American Dignitydraws out the personal significance of the ongoing threats to human dignity in an anxious and aging society open to the promises of cosmetic surgery and neurology, psychopharmacology, and the detachment of sex from reproduction. Drawing on Socrates, Solzhenitsyn, Tocqueville, Chantal Delsol, Chesterton, and many other thinkers, Lawler offers an indispensable guide to the moral dimension of conservatism today, and towho-as opposed towhat-each of us is.

Author Biography

Peter Augustine Lawler, who served on President Bush’s Council on Bioethics, is the author of Homeless and at Home in America, Stuck with Virtue, Aliens in America, and several other books. He is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College and the executive editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives on Political Science. The 2007 recipient of the Richard Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters, he lives in Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Modern and American Dignityp. 11
The Human Dignity Conspiracyp. 33
Human Dignity and Higher Education Todayp. 47
Delsol on Human Rights and Personal Dignityp. 67
Tocqueville on Greatness and Justicep. 89
1968 in American Contextp. 119
American Nominalism and Our Need for the Science of Theologyp. 137
Building Better Than They Knew: John Courtney Murray's American, Catholic View of the True Foundation of Our Countryp. 157
Solzhenitsyn on the Challenge of Our Technological Civilizationp. 185
Our Hero, Socratesp. 207
Stuck with Virtue in Our Pro-Life Futurep. 217
The Future of Liberalism and the Future of Nations: Reflections on Science, Theology, Philosophy, and the Human Personp. 229
Notesp. 251
Indexp. 259
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