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The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity
Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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R. Brownsword, M. Düwell, J. Ober, R. Imbach, D. Mieth, L. Pharo, P. Steenbakkers, O. Bayer, P. Westerman, T. Verbeek, G. Lohmann, Y. Lorberbaum, M. Maroth, J. Braarvig, A. Luo, Q. Qiao, G. Lindemann, G. Den Hartogh, C. Hübenthal, T. Hill, S. Kerstein, D. Beyleveld, R. Claassen, D. Hollenbach, P. Valadier, Z. Davis, P. Atterton, M. Junker-Kenny, C. Neuhäuser, R. Stoecker, T. Metz, M. Weiss, C. Menke, M. Werner, B. de Gaay Fortman, C. Byk, S. Hennette-Vauchez, H. Dreier, C. Snead, C. Lima Marques, L. Lixinski, A. Fagan, A. Mayer, P. Keller, S. Matsui, U. Baxi, A. Hasenclever, D. Luban, N. Campagna, G. Collste, K. Steigleder, T. Pogge, S. Graumann, E. Anderson, A. Thiem, M. Klang, C. Illies, A. Campbell, R. Heeger, P. Schaber
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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521195782

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  • 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. Adopting a wide range of perspectives and taking into account numerous cultures and contexts, this handbook is a valuable resource for students, scholars and professionals working in philosophy, law, history and theology.

    • Provides a comprehensive international and historical overview of human dignity by exploring the subject in relation to a wide range of cultures and contexts
    • Short and clear chapters mean readers do not require a philosophical background or in-depth familiarity with the material
    • Analysis of historical background is complemented by discussions of current debates
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    'This is a publication which meets, to a considerable extent, its ambitious interdisciplinary aims. This being the case, the edited collection is certainly recommended to the researcher of the concept of human dignity, as an excellent starting point for one’s interdisciplinary academic endeavours in the area. The work is thus deemed an indispensable academic tool for one’s initial theoretical exploration of the concept of dignity.' Antonios E. Platsas, The International Journal of Human Rights

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    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521195782
    • length: 634 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 183 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction:
    1. Human dignity from a legal perspective
    2. Human dignity – concept, discussions, philosophical perspectives
    Part I. Origins of the Concept in European History:
    3. Meritocratic and civic dignity in Greco-Roman antiquity
    4. Human dignity in the Middle Ages, twelfth to fourteenth century
    5. Human dignity in late-medieval spiritual and political conflicts
    6. The Council of Valladolid, 1550–1: a European disputation about the human dignity of indigenous peoples of the Americas
    7. Human dignity in the Renaissance
    8. Martin Luther's conception of human dignity
    9. Natural rights vs. human dignity: two conflicting traditions
    10. Human dignity in Rousseau and the French Revolution
    11. Human dignity and socialism
    12. Human dignity in the Jewish tradition
    Part II. Beyond the Scope of the European Tradition:
    13. The concepts of human dignity in moral philosophies of indigenous peoples of the Americas
    14. Human dignity in the Islamic world
    15. Hinduism: the universal self in a class society
    16. Buddhism: inner dignity and absolute altruism
    17. Human dignity in traditional Chinese Confucianism
    18. Dignity in traditional Chinese Daoism
    Part III. Systematic Conceptualization:
    19. Social and cultural presuppositions for the use of the concept of human dignity
    20. Is human dignity the ground of human rights?
    21. Human dignity – can a historical foundation alone suffice?
    22. Kantian perspectives on the rational basis of human dignity
    23. Kantian dignity: a critique
    24. Human dignity and human rights in Alan Gewirth's moral philosophy
    25. Human dignity in the capability approach
    26. Human dignity in Catholic thought
    27. Jacques Maritain's personalist conception of human dignity
    28. Scheler and human dignity
    29. Dignity and the Other: dignity and the phenomenological tradition
    30. Dignity, fragility, singularity in Paul Ricoeur's ethics
    31. Human dignity as universal nobility
    32. Dignity in the Ubuntu tradition
    33. Posthuman dignity
    34. Dignity as the right to have rights: human dignity in Hannah Arendt
    35. Individual and collective dignity
    Part IV. Legal Implementation:
    36. Equal dignity in international human rights
    37. Is human dignity a useless concept? Legal perspectives
    38. Human dignity in French law
    39. Human dignity in German law
    40. Human dignity in US law
    41. Human dignity in South American law
    42. Human dignity in South African law
    43. The Islamic world and the alternative declarations of human rights
    44. The protection of human dignity under Chinese law
    45. Human dignity in Japanese law
    46. The place of dignity in the Indian constitution
    Part V. Conflicts and Violence:
    47. Human dignity and war
    48. Treatment of prisoners and torture
    49. Human dignity and prostitution
    50. Human dignity, immigration and refugees
    Part VI. Contexts of Justice:
    51. Human dignity and social welfare
    52. Dignity and global justice
    53. Human dignity and people with disabilities
    54. Human dignity as a concept for the economy
    55. Human dignity and gender inequalities
    56. The rise and fall of freedom of online expression
    Part VII. Biology and Bioethics:
    57. The threefold challenge of Darwinism to an ethics of human dignity
    58. On the border of life and death: human dignity in bioethics
    59. Human dignity and commodification in bioethics
    60. Dignity only for humans? A controversy
    61. Dignity only for humans? On the dignity and inherent value of non-human beings
    62. Human dignity and future generations.

  • Editors

    Marcus Düwell, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Marcus Düwell is Professor of Philosophical Ethics and Research Director of the Ethics Institute at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

    Jens Braarvig, Universitetet i Oslo
    Jens Braarvig is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Roger Brownsword, King's College London
    Roger Brownsword is Professor of Law at King's College London. He is also an honorary Professor in Law at the University of Sheffield and a visiting professor at Singapore Management University.

    Dietmar Mieth, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany
    Dietmar Mieth is Professor (Emeritus) of Theological Ethics and Social Ethics at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

    Contributors

    R. Brownsword, M. Düwell, J. Ober, R. Imbach, D. Mieth, L. Pharo, P. Steenbakkers, O. Bayer, P. Westerman, T. Verbeek, G. Lohmann, Y. Lorberbaum, M. Maroth, J. Braarvig, A. Luo, Q. Qiao, G. Lindemann, G. Den Hartogh, C. Hübenthal, T. Hill, S. Kerstein, D. Beyleveld, R. Claassen, D. Hollenbach, P. Valadier, Z. Davis, P. Atterton, M. Junker-Kenny, C. Neuhäuser, R. Stoecker, T. Metz, M. Weiss, C. Menke, M. Werner, B. de Gaay Fortman, C. Byk, S. Hennette-Vauchez, H. Dreier, C. Snead, C. Lima Marques, L. Lixinski, A. Fagan, A. Mayer, P. Keller, S. Matsui, U. Baxi, A. Hasenclever, D. Luban, N. Campagna, G. Collste, K. Steigleder, T. Pogge, S. Graumann, E. Anderson, A. Thiem, M. Klang, C. Illies, A. Campbell, R. Heeger, P. Schaber

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