What does it mean to be Human? (2 segments)
“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” So said Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 1992 Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v Casey. This viewpoint that defines humans by their capacity to choose is pervasive in American law and policy, but it disregards a stubborn fact – we are naturally limited to be dependent on others. Carter Snead has more.
Carter Snead is the author most recently of What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics. He directs the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, where he is also a Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science. He’s a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a Fellow of the Hastings Center
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Kresta Comments: Combatting “Speciesism”
In a recent tweet, PETA brought attention to another alleged stain on our society – speciesism; in other words, favoring the human race over animal “races.” PETA claims that this is manifested in our everyday language; when we say a sloppy person is a “pig” or a treacherous politician is a “snake,” we are practicing speciesism. Al shares some thoughts.