Rethinking dignity

Giselsson, Kristi (2018) Rethinking dignity. Human Rights Review, 19 (3). pp. 331-348.

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The concept of dignity is widely debated as to its efficacy as a ground upon which to base respect particularly in relation to human rights. Traditional concepts of inherent dignity associate dignity with the possession of rationality and autonomy, which consequently excludes non-rational humans from being viewed as possessing inherent dignity and therefore equal and inherent worth. This paper offers a theory of inherent dignity based on an account of a common humanity within which all humans might be seen as possessing inherent worth and, therefore, deserving of being recognised and respected equally as ends in themselves. The theory is based on the communal practice and expectation of moral accountability; a practice that can be viewed as taking place universally both between and within human communities.

Item ID: 52828
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1874-6306
Keywords: inherent dignity, moral accountability, non-rational humans, human rights, animals
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 01:08
FoR Codes: 50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500104 Human rights and justice issues (excl. law) @ 50%
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