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 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 and the Future of Global Institutions

  • Filename: human-dignity-and-the-future-of-global-institutions.
  • ISBN: 9781626161207
  • Release Date: 2014-08-20
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Mark P. Lagon
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press



The 21st century has witnessed a proliferation of international institutions, including traditional intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sector entities, and other partnerships. The premise of this anthology is that these institutions need a common, animating principle in the service of the person, which is the ultimate end of global politics. The concept of human dignity, the editors claim, serves this purpose and transcends the seemingly intractable conflicts in human rights debates: political rights v. social and economic rights. Conceptually, human dignity rests on two principles: exercising agency to realize one's potential, and recognition by society of one's worth. In light of this formulation of human dignity, the anthology has two purposes: First, contributors will examine the degree to which traditional and emerging institutions are already advancing human dignity as a central mission. Second, in the spirit of developing best practices and prescriptive recommendations, contributors will identify strategies, methods, and modalities to make human dignity more central to the work of global institutions.

Human Dignity and Managerial Responsibility

  • Filename: human-dignity-and-managerial-responsibility.
  • ISBN: 1409423115
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Ana Maria Davila Gomez
  • Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.



The treatment of employees is increasingly becoming recognised as an important ingredient of sustainable enterprise. As sustainability, and all that it implies, becomes ever more critical, this book, with its multiple perspectives on the workplace and on the issues therein, such as diversity in the broadest sense, fills a gap in the research related literature essential to a more rounded understanding of CSR.

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.

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."

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.

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 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 in the Biotech Century

  • Filename: human-dignity-in-the-biotech-century.
  • ISBN: 0830827838
  • Release Date: 2004-07-07
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Author: Charles W. Colson
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press



Editors Charles W. Colson and Nigel M. de S. Cameron, along with a panel of expert contributors address in twelve essays the watershed legal and ethical challenges before us in twenty-first century biotechnology: stem cell research, cloning, gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, cybernetics, abortion and more.

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

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