Friday, March 25, 2005

How Liberalism Failed Terri Schiavo

In How Liberalism Failed Terri Schiavo at The Weekly Standard, Eric Cohen locates the crux of the Schiavo tragedy in a misplaced emphasis on autonomy: "Treating autonomy as an absolute makes a person's dignity turn entirely on his or her capacity to act autonomously. It leads to the view that only those with the ability to express their will possess any dignity at all--everyone else is 'life unworthy of life.'"

Well worth reading.
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