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Dignity and Rank

Jeremy Waldron

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/9780199915439.003.0002

Series: The Berkeley Tanner Lectures

Dignity and Rank

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This chapter presents a lecture which demonstrates that dignity is a principle of morality and a principle of law. It is certainly a principle of the highest importance, and it ought to be something we can give a good philosophic account of. It says that dignity is a topic that we can come to through law—analyzing the preambles of various declarations of human rights, for example, or interpreting the legal rules that prohibit inhuman and degrading treatment—or it is something we can treat as, in the first instance, a moral idea. This first lecture also discusses how dignity keeps faith somehow with its ancient connection to noble rank or high office.

Keywords: human dignity; morality; principle of law; moral philosophy; noble rank

Chapter.  12077 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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