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Understanding Human Dignity

Christopher McCrudden


The concept of human dignity has become central to political philosophy and legal discourse on human rights, but it remains enigmatic. Understanding Human Dignity is a book of original essays by a multi-disciplinary group of historians, legal academics, judges, political scientists, theologians, and philosophers, which aims to debate a broad range of current approaches to how to understand the concept. Some of the main issues considered include fundamental theoretical questions: Is there a minimum core to the meaning of human dignity? Is a person’s human dignity to be assessed subjectively fro ... More

Keywords: judicial interpretation, political theology, Catholic social teaching, human rights theory, political philosophy

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265642
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher McCrudden, editor
Queen's University Belfast

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PART I Historical Perspectives

PART II Dignity Critiques

PART III Theological Perspectives

PART IV Philosophical Perspectives

PART V Judicial Perspectives

Part VI Applications

28 The Dignity of Marriage

Christopher Tollefsen

PART VII Ways Forward?

38 Discourses of Dignity

Gerald L. Neuman1