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Dignity Past and Present

Michael Rosen

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/9780199915439.003.0004

Series: The Berkeley Tanner Lectures

Dignity Past and Present

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This chapter presents a commentary on the author's lectures. This chapter here expresses reservations about what has been said in the lectures thus far presented that are strategic, historical, conceptual, and legal. These different aspects are connected. In short, this chapter presents a view that is skeptical about the strategy of using reflection on the law to resolve moral disagreement because the lectures state a view that there is a lot more conflict (and downright confusion) about dignity in its use in the law than is allowed for in the lectures. The chapter then sketches an account of the concept of dignity that is rather different than that given in the lectures.

Keywords: conflict; dignity; law; reflection; moral disagreement

Chapter.  6616 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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