On the Intrinsic Value of Human Persons
Quinn (Philip L.)
Source: Van Inwagen (Peter) & Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine
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From "Zimmerman (Dean) - Persons: Human and Divine - Three Introductory Questions"

    The late Philip Quinn, in this essay, explores his topic by asking what values are violated when persons suffer great evils — abominations, horrors, and atrocities. His starting point is recent work on great evils by philosophers such as Marilyn Adams, Claudia Card, and Susan Neiman. Using as evidence the magnitude of the evils of cannibalism, incest, rape, torture, and mutilation; Quinn argues that an important component of the value of persons resides in the fact that they are embodied creatures of flesh and blood. His aim is to correct what he takes to be the narrowness of our philosophical tradition, in which the value of persons has been located almost exclusively in their possession of such mental capacities as free will and reason. He seeks a more balanced view that takes seriously the simple truth that human persons are not disembodied1 angels.


Part 4: Embodiment and the Value of Persons

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