What Do We Mean by Argument?
Human dignity is an idea of central importance today. It plays a key role in the international human rights movement, and it figures prominently in many documents that ground political principles for individual nations.
It also plays a role in abstract theories of justice and human entitlement. I myself have given the idea a key role in my own political conception of justice, holding that a hallmark of minimum social justice is the availability, to all citizens, of ten core "capabilities," or opportunities to function.
All citizens are entitled to a threshold level of these ten capabilities because, I argue, all ten are necessary conditions of a life worthy of human dignity. For this reason, John Rawls concluded that, all by itself, it could not play a grounding role: Some interpretations of the idea, indeed, might lead political thought seriously astray.
I propose, here, to articulate further the conception of human dignity that I have used in my account of social and global justice, and to show why it is preferable to some other conceptions of that idea. I shall begin historically, looking at the influential Stoic account of human dignity and at some of the problems inherent in it.
I shall show how such an account might ground basic political entitlements in a non-metaphysical way suited to a pluralistic society. Then I shall look at two challenges such an account has to face: I conclude with some preliminary reflections on what a capabilities-based approach implies about some important questions of bioethics.
The Stoic Account 4 According to the Greek and Roman Stoics, the basis for human community is the worth of reason in each and every human being. And each and every human being, just in virtue of having rational capacities, has boundless worth.
Male or female, slave or free, king or peasant, all are alike of boundless moral value, and the dignity of reason is worthy of respect wherever it is found. Moral capacity is wonderful and worthy, so it ought to be respected. People usually give reverence and awe to the outward trappings of wealth and power.
Instead, the Stoics argue, we should respect what is really worthy in us. Seneca is especially eloquent in his description of the beauty of the moral substance of humanity in each person and the attitude of quasi-religious awe with which he is inspired by his contemplation of a human being's rational and moral purpose.
In a passage that seems to have profoundly influenced Kant, he writes: God is near you, is with you, is inside you. If you have ever come on a dense wood of ancient trees that have risen to an exceptional height, shutting out all sight of the sky with one thick screen of branches upon another, the loftiness of the forest, the seclusion of the spot, your sense of wonder at finding so deep and unbroken a gloom out of doors, will persuade you of the presence of a deity.Life, food, shelter, and the right to pursue happiness (whatever that means) may be human rights, but little else.
But when we talk about whether this country should have universal healthcare for. Start studying Chapter 10 writing arguments. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
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Directions. Follow these steps when composing your essay: Start by selecting a controversial case found in the media involving the sale, trade, or donation of human . In fact, making an argument—expressing a point of view on a subject and supporting it with evidence—is often the aim of academic writing.
Your instructors may assume that you know this and thus may not explain the importance of arguments in class.