Dignity and agential realism: Human, posthuman, and nonhuman

Albany Medical School, Alden March Bioethics Institute, 47 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208-3478, USA.
The American Journal of Bioethics (Impact Factor: 5.29). 07/2010; 10(7):57-8. DOI: 10.1080/15265161003686548
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