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Deconstructing Dignity: A Critique of the Right-to-Die Debate

Scott Cutler Shershow


The question of a “right to die” — or what is sometimes called euthanasia or assisted-suicide — remains today the subject of vexed legal, political, ethical and philosophic debates. The Sacred Part brings the thought of deconstruction to bear on this debate to uncover the knot of unexamined assumptions at its core. The book first outlines a strategy and protocol of deconstruction to be employed in the analyses that follow. To contextualize the contemporary debate, the book provides a selective genealogy, from Cicero to Kant, of the concept of “human dignity,” and considers its relation to ... More

Keywords: Dignity, Deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille, Kant, Euthanasia, Suicide, Sanctity, Sovereignty, Sacrifice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226088129
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226088266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Cutler Shershow, author