Rationality, sociability and human dignity

Chak Kwan and Graham Bowpitt

in Human dignity and welfare systems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861344311
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302551 | DOI:
Rationality, sociability and human dignity

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This chapter argues that the dignity of humans can be found in one's possession of intrinsic capacities that strive for autonomy and mutuality. It is stressed that human nature is a combination of basic ‘humanness’ and the development of such capacities comes via supportive and interdependent human relationships. It shows that one should not treat others as a means, but rather as an end, in order for them to develop their potential. The social nature of people should be realised through ‘social participation’, which is all about the fulfilment of one's caring duties and the enhancement of his social relationships.

Keywords: autonomy; mutuality; human nature; humanness; human relationships; social nature; social participation; social relationships

Chapter.  3637 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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