Law, Dignity, and Self-Control

Jeremy Waldron

in Dignity, Rank, and Rights

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915439
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980222 | DOI:

Series: The Berkeley Tanner Lectures

Law, Dignity, and Self-Control

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The lecture presented in the previous chapter toyed with the idea that “dignity” is a term used to indicate a high-ranking legal, political, and social status, and that the idea of human dignity is the idea of the assignment of such a high-ranking status to everyone. It argued that we should consider ways in which the idea of human dignity keeps faith with the old hierarchical system of dignity as noble or official rank and that we should view it in its modern form as an equalization of high status rather than as something that eschews talk of status altogether. This second lecture pursues this further by considering the variety of ways in which law vindicates dignity in this sense.

Keywords: law; human; dignity; rank; equalization; status

Chapter.  10349 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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