This introduction to human dignity explores the history of the notion from antiquity to the nineteenth century, and the way in which dignity is conceptualised in non-Western contexts. Building on this, it addresses a range of systematic conceptualisations, considers the theoretical and legal conditions for human dignity as a useful notion and analyses a number of philosophical and conceptual approaches to dignity.
Finally, the book introduces current debates, paying particular attention to the legal implementation, human rights, justice and conflicts, medicine and bioethics, and provides an explicit systematic framework for discussing human dignity.
Marcus Düwell is Professor of Philosophical Ethics and Research Director of the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University. The other editors of the book are Jens Braarvig (Universitetet i Oslo), Roger Brownsword (King's College London) and Dietmar Mieth (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen).
- Title: The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity
- Edited by: Marcus Düwell, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword, Dietmar Mieth
- ISBN: 978-1-107776-56-2
- Publisher: 2014, Cambridge University Press