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GILBERT MEILAENDER is the Richard & Phyllis Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University. He is a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and a Fellow of the Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank. He is the author of Bioethics: A Primer for Christians. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Appeals to “human dignity” are at the core of many of the most contentious social and political issues of our time. But these appeals suggest different and at times even contradictory ways of understanding the term.