Human Dignity as Empowerment

Beryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword

in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198268260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683473 | DOI:

Series: Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw

Human Dignity as Empowerment

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This chapter elucidates the conception of human dignity as empowerment. It highlights the post-Second World War international instruments that laid the foundations for the culture of human rights that was to develop throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Here, intrinsic human dignity is a seminal idea that acts as the background justification for the recognition of human rights and as the source of the fundamental freedoms to which all humans are entitled. In this context, human dignity as empowerment, specifically the empowerment that comes with the right to respect one's dignity as a human, and the right to the conditions in which human dignity can flourish, is the ruling conception.

Keywords: human dignity; empowerment; human rights; freedoms

Chapter.  10348 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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