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Dignity
Author: Michael Rosen

ISBN: 9780674064430
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 5 March 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.7 x 1.8
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Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Combining conceptual precision with a broad historical background, Michael Rosen puts these controversies in context and offers a novel, constructive proposal.



Drawing on law, politics, religion, and culture, as well as philosophy, Rosen shows how modern conceptions of dignity inherit several distinct strands of meaning. This is why users of the word nowadays often talk past one another. The idea of dignity as the foundation for the universal entitlement to human rights represented the coming together after the Second World War of two extremely powerful traditions: Christian theology and Kantian philosophy. Not only is this idea of dignity as an "inner transcendental kernel" behind human rights problematic, Rosen argues, it has drawn attention away from a different, very important, sense of dignity: the right to be treatedwith dignity, that is, with proper respect.



At the heart of the argument stands the giant figure of Immanuel Kant. Challenging curre...

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