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What do the Philosophers Have against Dignity?

By Jeremy Waldron

Abstract

Among analytic philosophers, there is considerable antipathy towards the concept of human dignity. It is not always expressed, but the impression is conveyed that this is a rather disreputable idea and that its trumpeting in legal and political theory is to be deplored. The present paper tries to get to grips with the sources of this antipathy. Is it based on the unclarity of the concept, its religious overtones, its speciesism, or its redundancy as a moral idea. The paper makes a case for dignity as a status-concept -- denoting a particular sort of moral/legal status that all humans have

Topics: definition, dignity, foundationalism, human dignity, religion, rights, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Politics, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Legal History, Medical Jurisprudence, Religion Law, Rule of Law
Publisher: NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:lsr.nellco.org:nyu_plltwp-1498

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