Understanding Human Dignity

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EditorChristopher McCrudden

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Understanding Human Dignity aims to help the reader make sense of current debates about the meaning and implications of the idea of human dignity. The concept of human dignity has probably never been so omnipresent in everyday speech, or so deeply embedded in political and legal discourse. Indebates on torture, abortion, same-sex marriage, and welfare reform, appeals to dignity are seldom hard to find. The concept of dignity is not only a prominent feature of political debate, but also, and increasingly, of legal argument. Indeed, courts tell us that human dignity is the foundation ofall human rights. But the more important it is, the more contested it seems to have become. There has, as a result, been an extraordinary explosion of scholarly writing about the concept of human dignity in law, political philosophy, and theology. This book aims to reflect on these intra-disciplinary debates about dignity in law, philosophy, history, politics, and theology, through a series of edited essays from specialists in these fields, explored the contested concept in its full richness and complexity.

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Understanding Human Dignity aims to help the reader make sense of current debates about the meaning and implications of the idea of human dignity. The concept of human dignity has probably never been so omnipresent in everyday speech, or so deeply embedded in political and legal discourse. Indebates on torture, abortion, same-sex marri...

Christopher McCrudden is affiliated with Queen's University Belfast.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:782 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chris McCrudden: In Pursuit of Human Dignity: an introduction to current debatesPart I: Historical perspectives2. Rebecca J. Scott: Dignite/ Dignidade: Organizing Against Threats to Dignity in Societies After Slavery3. Christopher Goos: Wurde des Menschen: Restoring Human Dignity in Post-Nazi Germany4. Samuel Moyn: The Secret History of Constitutional Dignity5. Catherine Dupre: Constructing the Meaning of Human Dignity: Four Questions6. David Hollenbach: Human Dignity: Experience and History, Practical Reason and FaithPart II: Dignity critiques7. Michael Rosen: Dignity: the Case Against8. Connor Gearty FBA: Socio-economic rights, basic needs and human dignity: A perspective from law's front line9. Christoph Mollers: The Triple Dilemma of Human Dignity: a case study10. Bernard Schlink: The Concept of Human Dignity: Current usages, future discourses11. John Milbank: Dignity Rather Than RightsPart III: Theological perspectives12. James Hanvey: Dignity, Person and Imago Trinitatis13. Janet Soskice: Human Dignity and the Image of God14. David Walsh: Dignity as an Eschatological Concept15. Tina Beattie: The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God: a theological reflection on revelation, law and human dignity16. David P. Gushee: A Christian Theological Account of Human WorthPart IV: Philosophical perspectives17. John Tasioulas: Human Dignity as a Foundation for Human Rights18. Thomas Hill: In Defence of Human Dignity: Comments on Rosen and Kant19. Jeremy Waldron FBA: Citizenship and Dignity20. Roger Brownsword: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Simply Trying to do the Right ThingPart V: Judicial perspectives21. Aharon Barak: Human Dignity: The constitutional value and the constitutional right22. Dieter Grimm: Dignity in a Legal Context: Dignity as absolute right23. Jean-Paul Costa: Human dignity in the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human RightsPart VI: Applications24. Julian Rivers: Justifying Freedom of Religion: does dignity help?25. Patrick Riordan: Which Dignity? Which Religious Freedom?26. Sergio Dellavalle: From Imago Dei to Mutual Recognition: the Evolution of the Concept of Human Dignity in the Light of the Defence of Religious Freedom27. Joel Harrison: A Communion in Good Living': Human Dignity and Religious Liberty beyond the Overlapping Consensus28. Edwin Cameron: Dignity and Disgrace: Moral Citizenship and Constitutional Protection29. Christopher Tollefsen: The Dignity of Marriage30. Robert P. George: Response to Tollefsen and Cameron31. Reva Siegal: Dignity and the Duty to Protect Unborn Life32. David A. Jones: Is dignity language useful in bioethical discussion of assisted suicide and abortion?33. Denise Reaume: Dignity, Choice, and Circumstances34. Clemens Sedmak: Human dignity, interiority, and poverty35. Joseph Vining: Dignity as Perception: Recognition of the Human Individual and the Individual Animal in Legal ThoughtPart VII: Ways forward?36. Matthias Mahlmann: The good sense of dignity - six antidotes to dignity fatigue in ethics and law37. Paolo Carozza: Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Human Experience38. Gerald L. Neuman: Discourses of Dignity39. Alexandra Kemmerer: Dignified Disciplinarity: Towards a Transdisciplinary Understanding of Human Dignity