Monday, May 26, 2008
This critique by Stephen Pinker of Leon Kass and his use of dignity as a limit on science to improve the human condition seems right on target to me. I had written a post about it, but it was somehow lost, so a briefer version will have to do. I haven't read very much Kass, so I was scared that Pinker's criticism might be unfair. But this defense of Kass by Larry Arnharat, whose blog I very much like, is so weak, that it lend credence to Pinker's criticism. I particularly like Pinker's analysis of dignity as relative, fungible, and harmful.