The moral depth of human dignity

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Coghlan, Simon. (2018) The moral depth of human dignity. Philosophical Investigations. 41(1), pp. 70 - 93. https://doi.org/10.1111/phin.12177
AuthorsCoghlan, Simon
Abstract

In 1971, Herbert Spiegelberg challenged philosophers to refine and deepen the vivid idea of human dignity to prevent its degeneration. Although philosophers, including Michael Rosen and Jeremy Waldron, have responded with valuable insights, the full moral depth of dignity has remained philosophically elusive. Furthermore, many philosophers still think human dignity a limited ethical concept. By integrating important alienable and inalienable dimensions of human dignity, this essay attempts to do justice to our vivid contemporary experience of dignity's moral depth. It seeks to illuminate the profound, universal worth of all humans, and the ethical force of human rights protections.

Year2018
JournalPhilosophical Investigations
Journal citation41 (1), pp. 70 - 93
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0190-0536
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/phin.12177
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85030232967
Page range70 - 93
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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