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Understanding Human Dignity$
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Christopher McCrudden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265642

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.001.0001

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Dignity, Person, and Imago Trinitatis

Dignity, Person, and Imago Trinitatis

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Understanding Human Dignity

James Hanvey

British Academy

This chapter argues that the Catholic tradition grounds the dignity of the human person in the imago Trinitatis. This produces important consequences for the way in which we understand ‘dignity’ which have not been fully recognized in the discussions about dignity. It explores central figures in the tradition (Augustine and Aquinas) and it indicates significant contemporary developments (Maritain, Wojtyla, Ratzinger, and La Cugna). It offers concluding reflections on the importance of a notion of dignity grounded in the ontology of the human person as a soteriological function for the transformation of persons and society.

Keywords:   imago dei, imago Trinitatis, person, dignity, relationality, teleology, soteriology

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