Tag Archives: Human Dignity

What Is Humanity?

Back in the 1960s, the great rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote Who Is Man? based on lectures he gave at Stanford University. But to ask “who is man?” assumes that we’ve’ previously answered the question “what is man?” If humans are … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Welfare Counts

We should try to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people. It sounds like a pretty good idea. And it is. But it’s not the whole answer. The problem is that like lower animals, humans distinguish between … Continue reading

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All People Are Equal — Mostly

All human beings are equal. Let’s agree on that. But we must add a qualification: All human beings are equal in the morally relevant sense. They might or might not be equal in other ways. Let me tell you about … Continue reading

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