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Introduction: Dignity and Its (Dis)content

Meir Dan-Cohen

in Dignity, Rank, and Rights

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915439
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915439.003.0001

Series: The Berkeley Tanner Lectures

Introduction: Dignity and Its (Dis)content

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In his Tanner Lectures, the author of this book contributes to a rapidly growing literature on human dignity and its political and legal ramifications. Following the lectures are commentaries by Professors Michael Rosen, Don Herzog, and Wai Chee Dimock, as well as the author's reply. This introductory chapter provides some context for the lectures and the subsequent exchange. The aim is to paint a contrasting backdrop that will help with the appreciation of the distinctive nature of the author's position. It locates the author's position on the concept of dignity by considering not just the term dignity, but also two other quasi-cognates, honor and worth.

Keywords: Tanner lectures; human dignity; social rank; honor; worth

Chapter.  2799 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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