Human Dignity

  • Filename: human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9780674048379
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Author: George Kateb
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press



Kateb asserts that the defense of universal human rights requires two indispensable components: morality (as promoted or enforced by justice) and human dignity. For Kateb, morality and justice have sound theoretical underpinnings; human dignity, by virtue of its “existential” quality, lacks (but merits) its own theoretical framework. This he proceeds to establish with a critique of the writings of canonical Western political philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseu, Mill, Emerson, Thoreau) and contemporary thinkers like Peter Singer and Thomas Nagel. The author argues that while morality compels just governments to prevent, reduce, or eliminate human suffering inasmuch as it is possible, people possess and are entitled to dignity by mere virtue of their “status” as human beings. Homo sapiens, he maintains, have a “stature,” manifest in the species's “great achievements,” that exceeds that of other creatures, even in (or especially in) the secular cosmos.

Human Dignity

  • Filename: human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9781107090231
  • Release Date: 2015-01-29
  • Number of pages: 542
  • Author: Aharon Barak
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press



"The concept of human dignity has a 2500 year history. As it moved through history, the concept was been influenced by different religions which held it as an important component of their theological approach. It was also influenced by the views of philosophers who developed human dignity in their contemplations. In the 20th century, the concept encountered a new phenomenon. The atrocities of the Second World War, and particularly the Holocaust of the Jewish people, brought human dignity into the forefront of legal discourse. As a result, constitutional and international legal texts began to adopt the concept, and jurists appeared alongside the theologians and the philosophers. Legal scholars were called upon to determine the theoretical basis of human dignity as a constitutional value and as a constitutional right. Judges were required to solve practical problems created by the constitutionalization of human dignity, as a value or as a right"--

Perspectives on Human Dignity A Conversation

  • Filename: perspectives-on-human-dignity-a-conversation.
  • ISBN: 9781402062810
  • Release Date: 2007-10-06
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Jeff Malpas
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



The idea of human dignity is central to any reflection on the nature of human worth. However, the idea is a complex one that also takes on many different forms. This unique collection explores the idea of human dignity as it arises within these many different domains, opening up the possibility of a multidisciplinary conversation that illuminates the concept itself. The book includes essays by leading Australian and International figures.

Human Dignity Human Rights and Responsibility

  • Filename: human-dignity-human-rights-and-responsibility.
  • ISBN: 9780262304887
  • Release Date: 2012-09-14
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Yechiel Michael Barilan
  • Publisher: MIT Press



"Human dignity" has been enshrined in international agreements and national constitutions as a fundamental human right. The World Medical Association calls on physicians to respect human dignity and to discharge their duties with dignity. And yet human dignity is a term--like love, hope, and justice--that is intuitively grasped but never clearly defined. Some ethicists and bioethicists dismiss it; other thinkers point to its use in the service of particular ideologies. In this book, Michael Barilan offers an urgently needed, nonideological, and thorough conceptual clarification of human dignity and human rights, relating these ideas to current issues in ethics, law, and bioethics. Combining social history, history of ideas, moral theology, applied ethics, and political theory, Barilan tells the story of human dignity as a background moral ethos to human rights. After setting the problem in its scholarly context, he offers a hermeneutics of the formative texts on Imago Dei; provides a philosophical explication of the value of human dignity and of vulnerability; presents a comprehensive theory of human rights from a natural, humanist perspective; explores issues of moral status; and examines the value of responsibility as a link between virtue ethics and human dignity and rights. Barilan accompanies his theoretical claim with numerous practical illustrations, linking his theory to such issues in bioethics as end-of-life care, cloning, abortion, torture, treatment of the mentally incapacitated, the right to health care, the human organ market, disability and notions of difference, and privacy, highlighting many relevant legal aspects in constitutional and humanitarian law.

Educating for Human Dignity

  • Filename: educating-for-human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9780812200188
  • Release Date: 2010-08-03
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Betty Reardon
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press



Issues of universal human rights are critically important topics in education today. Educators, scholars, and activists urge schools to promote awareness and understanding of human rights in their curricula from the earliest levels. Written by by Betty A. Reardon, one of the foremost scholars on human rights education for the primary and secondary levels, Educating for Human Dignity is designed for both teachers and teacher educators. It is the first resource offering both guidance and support materials for human rights education programs from kindergarten through high school. It opens possibilities for an holistic approach to human rights education that directly confronts the values issues raised by human rights problems in a context of global interrelationships.

Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics

  • Filename: human-dignity-in-contemporary-ethics.
  • ISBN: 9781934844960
  • Release Date: 2013-01-01
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: David G. Kirchhoffer
  • Publisher: Teneo Press



Human Dignity in Contemporary Ethics develops a holistic and relevant understanding of human dignity for ethics today. Whilst critics of the concept of human dignity call for its dismissal, and many of its defenders rehearse the same old arguments, this book offers an alternative set of methodological assumptions on which to base a revitalized and practical understanding of human dignity, which at the same time overcomes the challenges that the concept currently faces. The Component Dimensions of Human Dignity model enables human dignity to serve both as a descriptive category that explains moral choices, and as a normative criterion that helps to evaluate moral behaviour. A consideration of two cases violent crime and physician-assisted suicide demonstrates how the model offers a way to avoid the pitfalls of both moralism and moral relativism, while still leaving space for relativity in ethics. By using an approach that should be acceptable to both religious and secular perspectives alike, this book offers a unique way out of the dignity talk that currently plagues ethics."

Humiliation Degradation Dehumanization

  • Filename: humiliation-degradation-dehumanization.
  • ISBN: 9048196612
  • Release Date: 2010-10-07
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Paulus Kaufmann
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



Degradation, dehumanization, instrumentalization, humiliation, and nonrecognition – these concepts point to ways in which we understand human beings to be violated in their dignity. Violations of human dignity are brought about by concrete practices and conditions; some commonly acknowledged, such as torture and rape, and others more contested, such as poverty and exclusion. This volume collates reflections on such concepts and a range of practices, deepening our understanding of human dignity and its violation, bringing to the surface interrelationships and commonalities, and pointing to the values that are thereby shown to be in danger. In presenting a streamlined discussion from a negative perspective, complemented by conclusions for a positive account of human dignity, the book is at once a contribution to the body of literature on what dignity is and how it should be protected as well as constituting an alternative, fresh and focused perspective relevant to this significant recurring debate. As the concept of human dignity itself crosses disciplinary boundaries, this is mirrored in the unique range of perspectives brought by the book’s European and American contributors – in philosophy and ethics, law, human rights, literature, cultural studies and interdisciplinary research. This volume will be of interest to social and moral philosophers, legal and human rights theorists, practitioners and students.

Human Dignity and Contemporary Liberalism

  • Filename: human-dignity-and-contemporary-liberalism.
  • ISBN: 0275946258
  • Release Date: 1998-01
  • Number of pages: 186
  • Author: Brad Stetson
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group



Stetson's (director, David Institute) aim is to make a constructive critique of liberalism focusing on American public life. His argument is divided into two distinct parts, the theoretical and the practical. In the theoretical section, he examines contemporary liberalism's emphasis on individual ri

Kant on Human Dignity

  • Filename: kant-on-human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9783110267167
  • Release Date: 2011-10-27
  • Number of pages: 242
  • Author: Oliver Sensen
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter



Kant is often considered the source of the contemporary idea of human dignity, but his conception of human dignity and its relation to human value and the requirement to respect others have not been widely understood. Kant on Human Dignity offers the first in-depth study in English of this subject. Based on a comprehensive analysis of the relevant passages in Kant as well as an analysis of the famous arguments for a value of human beings in the Kant literature, the book provides a thorough interpretation of Kant’s conception of human dignity that brings out the unity of Kant’s moral thought.

Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity

  • Filename: sanctity-of-life-and-human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 9789400915909
  • Release Date: 2012-12-06
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Kurt Bayertz
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media



`Sanctity of life' and `human dignity' are two bioethical concepts that play an important role in bioethical discussions. Despite their separate history and content, they have similar functions in these discussions. In many cases they are used to bring a difficult or controversial debate to an end. They serve as unquestionable cornerstones of morality, as rocks able to weather the storms of moral pluralism. This book provides the reader with analyses of these two concepts from different philosophical, professional and cultural points of view. Sanctity of Life and Human Dignity presents a comparative analysis of both concepts.

Human Dignity

  • Filename: human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 0677142404
  • Release Date: 1970-01-01
  • Number of pages: 380
  • Author: Rubin Gotesky
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis



First Published in 1970. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Community Corrections and Human Dignity

  • Filename: community-corrections-and-human-dignity.
  • ISBN: 0763729051
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 382
  • Author: Edward Wallace Sieh
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning



Ideal for allied health and pre-nursing students, Alcamos Fundamentals of Microbiology, Body Systems Edition, retains the engaging, student-friendly style and active learning approach for which award-winning author and educator Jeffrey Pommerville is known. It presents diseases, complete with new content on recent discoveries, in a manner that is directly applicable to students and organized by body system. A captivating art program, learning design format, and numerous case studies draw students into the text and make them eager to learn more about the fascinating world of microbiology.

Human Dignity and the Common Good in the Aristotelian Thomistic Tradition

  • Filename: human-dignity-and-the-common-good-in-the-aristotelian-thomistic-tradition.
  • ISBN: 077342279X
  • Release Date: 1995-01-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Michael A. Smith
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press



This volume compares the writings of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Jacques Maritain, and Charlis De Koninck on the dignity of the individual and the common good, topics fundamental to Catholic social teaching.

Human Dignity and Reproductive Technology

  • Filename: human-dignity-and-reproductive-technology.
  • ISBN: 0761826548
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • Number of pages: 129
  • Author: Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese
  • Publisher: University Press of America



The March 2002 symposium Human Dignity and Reproductive Technology brought together philosophers, theologians, scientists, lawyers, and scholars from across the United States. The essays of this book are the contributions of the symposium's participants.

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