Human Dignity

Human Dignity
Perspectives from a Critical Theory of Human Rights

by Amos Nascimento,Matthias Lutz Bachmann

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2018-06-04
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN : 1315468271
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Connecting three generations of critical theorists, this edited collection focuses on the mutual complementarity between the concept of "human dignity" and the theory and practice of human rights. Human dignity has recently emerged as a controversial theme in the philosophy of human rights and has become the subject of a growing debate involving theological, political, juridical, moral, and biomedical perspectives. Previously, interpretations of this concept took for granted specific definitions of this term without accounting for the perspective offered by a "Critical Theory of Human Rights." This interdisciplinary perspective relies on a tradition that goes from Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas, influences new generations, and sheds more light on how human dignity is used (and abused) in contemporary discourses. Based on this tradition, the contributors sustain an engaged discussion of the topic and address issues such as domination, colonialism, multiculturalism, globalization, and cosmopolitanism. Informed by different contexts, each author offers a unique contribution to distinctive aspects of the necessary internal correlation between human dignity and human rights. This book will be of interest to students and researchers in human rights in Europe, North America, and Latin America and readers in the areas of political science, philosophy, sociology, law, and international relations.

Dignity in International Human Rights Law

Dignity in International Human Rights Law
A Book

by Camilla Barker

  • Publisher : Camilla Barker
  • Release : 2011-01-19
  • Pages : 76
  • ISBN : 1456502158
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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International human rights law has at its core a concept that is so paradoxical, illogical and impractical that it renders itself incapable of accepted definition. It is a concept that sits still and silent in human rights legislation and screams at the top of its voice in human rights litigation. Its unwavering presence in the post-Nazism world not only confirms its importance in everything we do and say as human rights lawyers but it also calls into question whether it has indeed passed its use-by-date and fallen into the dark depths of ineptitude. This begs the question: “Does the concept of dignity have any meaning in international human rights law?” This study is a critical examination of the role that dignity plays in international human rights law. Sections include: defining dignity; the conceptual development of dignity; dignity in international human rights texts; dignity in judicial discourse; and dignity in legal process.

The Concept of Human Dignity in Human Rights Discourse

The Concept of Human Dignity in Human Rights Discourse
A Book

by David Kretzmer,Eckart Klein

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2021-08-04
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9004478191
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Perspectives on Human Dignity: A Conversation

Perspectives on Human Dignity: A Conversation
A Book

by Jeff Malpas,Norelle Lickiss

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2007-10-06
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1402062818
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The idea of human dignity is central to any reflection on the nature of human worth. However, the idea is a complex one that also takes on many different forms. This unique collection explores the idea of human dignity as it arises within these many different domains, opening up the possibility of a multidisciplinary conversation that illuminates the concept itself. The book includes essays by leading Australian and International figures.

Dignity and International Human Rights Law

Dignity and International Human Rights Law
An Introduction to the Punta Del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere

by Brett G. Scharffs,Ewelina U. Ochab

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9781032074627
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The Punta del Este Declaration, and this book devoted to elaborating upon it, is devoted to exploring the ways that human dignity for everyone everywhere can be a useful tool in helping to address the challenges and strains facing human rights in the world today. In 2018, an initiative was instigated to revitalize the human rights project by way of engaging the notion of human dignity. This resulted in the Punta Del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere (Punta Del Este Declaration), a declaration co-authored by over 30 human rights experts from all over the world. The Punta Del Este Declaration simplifies and brings coherence to the concept of human dignity into 10 brief statements that would capture the many dimensions and aspects of human dignity and the practical ways that human dignity is useful in the promotion of human rights. This book provides an overview of how the notion of human dignity has been used to strengthen human rights. It discusses how human dignity plays many different roles in human rights discourse and has the force to revitalize the human rights project; it is the foundational principle upon which the human rights project is built. But it is also the telos, or end goal, of human rights. At the same time, it is an important evaluative mechanism for assessing how well a country is doing in the implementation of human rights"--

Human Dignity and Human Rights

Human Dignity and Human Rights
A Book

by Pablo Gilabert

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2018-11-15
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0192562142
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Human dignity: social movements invoke it, several national constitutions enshrine it, and it features prominently in international human rights documents. But what is human dignity, why is it important, and what is its relationship to human rights? This book offers a sophisticated and comprehensive defence of the view that human dignity is the moral heart of human rights. First, it clarifies the network of concepts associated with dignity. Paramount within this network is a core notion of human dignity as an inherent, non-instrumental, egalitarian, and high-priority normative status of human persons. People have this status in virtue of their valuable human capacities rather than as a result of their national origin and other conventional features. Second, it shows how human dignity gives rise to an inspiring ideal of solidaristic empowerment, which calls us to support people's pursuit of a flourishing life by affirming both negative duties not to block or destroy, and positive duties to protect and facilitate, the development and exercise of the valuable capacities at the basis of their dignity. The most urgent of these duties are correlative to human rights. Third, this book illustrates how the proposed dignitarian approach allows us to articulate the content, justification, and feasible implementation of specific human rights, including contested ones, such as the rights to democratic political participation and to decent labour conditions. Finally, this book's dignitarian approach helps illuminate the arc of humanist justice, identifying both the difference and the continuity between the basic requirements of human rights and more expansive requirements of social justice such as those defended by liberal egalitarians and democratic socialists. Human dignity is indeed the moral heart of human rights. Understanding it enables us to defend human rights as the urgent ethical and political project that puts humanity first.

Human Rights and the Uses of History

Human Rights and the Uses of History
A Book

by Samuel Moyn

  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release : 2014-06-17
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1781686521
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A pithy and readable challenge to the concept of human rights What are the origins of human rights? This question, rarely asked before the end of the Cold War, has in recent years become a major focus of historical and ideological strife. In this sequence of reflective and critical studies, Samuel Moyn engages with some of the leading interpreters of human rights, thinkers who have been creating a field from scratch without due reflection on the local and temporal contexts of the stories they are telling. Having staked out his owns claims about the postwar origins of human rights discourse in his acclaimed Last Utopia, Moyn, in this volume, takes issue with rival conceptions – including, especially, those that underlie justifications of humanitarian intervention.

Dignity and Human Rights

Dignity and Human Rights
Language Philosophy and Social Realizations

by Stephan P. Leher

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2018-01-12
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 135166512X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Is it impossible to assess dignity, the agency of autonomy and equality of rights under the current rule of law, when we are met by global challenges like climate change, financial crisis, food crisis, natural disasters, inequality, violent conflicts and trade disputes? Drawing on European philosophical enlightenment to rethink dominant theories of contemporary Western Human Rights, Stephan P. Leher explores the philosophical foundation of the concept of ‘dignity’ and Human Rights. Using specific examples from Africa and Latin America to explain these concepts as social realizations in the world, Leher demonstrates the link between justice and peace and contends that dignity, freedom and Human Rights law rule are social realizations and claims by all people. He argues that sentences and propositions about social choices and realizations of real life expressed in ordinary language constitutes the basic element for the foundation and protection of human dignity and Human Rights. The social choice to claim one’s freedom and right can be considered as the dignity agency of the individual. Dignity and Human Rights sheds new light on the academic assessment of dignity, the agency of autonomy and equality of rights under a rule of law in a time of changes and challenges of human rights policies and politics.

Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals

Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Cosmopolitan Ideals
Essays on Critical Theory and Human Rights

by Matthias Lutz-Bachmann,Amos Nascimento

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2016-05-13
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN : 1317119703
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book makes a significant contribution to the on-going international dialogue on the meaning of concepts such as human rights, humanity, and cosmopolitanism. The authors propose a new agenda for research into a Critical Theory of Human Rights. Each chapter pursues three goals: to reconstruct modern philosophical theories that have contributed to our views on human rights; to highlight the importance of humanity and human dignity as a complementary dimension to liberal rights; and, finally, to integrate these issues more directly in contemporary discussions about cosmopolitanism. The authors not only present multicultural perspectives on how to rethink political and international theory in terms of the normativity of human rights, but also promote an international dialogue on the prospects for a critical theory of human rights discourses in the 21st century.

The Challenge of Human Rights

The Challenge of Human Rights
Origin, Development and Significance

by Jack Mahoney

  • Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release : 2006-10-13
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 1405152419
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Challenge of Human Rights traces the history of human rights theory from classical antiquity through the enlightenment to the modern human rights movement, and analyses the significance of human rights in today’s increasingly globalized world. Provides an engaging study of the origin and the philosophical and political development of human rights discourse. Offers an original defence of human rights. Explores the significance of human rights in the context of increasing globalisation. Confronts the major objections to human rights, including the charge of western ethical imperialism and cultural relativism. Argues that human rights logically culminate in an ethical cosmopolitanism to reflect the moral unity of the human race.

Human Dignity in Context

Human Dignity in Context
A Book

by Dieter Grimm,Alexandra Kemmerer,Christoph Möllers

  • Publisher : Nomos/Hart
  • Release : 2018-08-09
  • Pages : 550
  • ISBN : 9781782256212
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Human dignity is the key term that the Universal Declaration on Human Rights placed at the centre of legal discourse on a global level. The Universal Declaration inspired the subsequent use of dignity in domestic constitutional documents as well as in international and regional human rights texts. In 1949, Germany incorporated the concept of human dignity in its Basic law, placing it at the core of the constitutional document and this reference has probably become the most influential national constitutional reference to human dignity. Article 1 para. 1 of the Basic Law provides that '[t]he dignity of man is inviolable. To respect and to protect it shall be the duty of all public authority.' This book provides a contextual analysis of human dignity, exploring its legal and political implications and reflecting current debates on human dignity in multiple disciplinary fields. Following an introduction by the editors, the book is divided into three parts: foundations, developments, variations and rounded off with a conclusion by a distinguished comparative constitutionalist that puts the preceding discussions into perspective.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Dignity and Human Rights
A Book

by Hoda Mahmoudi,Michael L. Penn

  • Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing
  • Release : 2019-11-18
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1789738237
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This timely collection brings together a diverse array of field-leading contributors in order to offer an interdisciplinary investigation into a discourse, research, and action agenda in pursuit of the universal application of human dignity.

Human Dignity

Human Dignity
A Book

by Aharon Barak

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2015-01-29
  • Pages : 542
  • ISBN : 1107090237
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The concept of human dignity has a 2500 year history. As it moved through history, the concept was been influenced by different religions which held it as an important component of their theological approach. It was also influenced by the views of philosophers who developed human dignity in their contemplations. In the 20th century, the concept encountered a new phenomenon. The atrocities of the Second World War, and particularly the Holocaust of the Jewish people, brought human dignity into the forefront of legal discourse. As a result, constitutional and international legal texts began to adopt the concept, and jurists appeared alongside the theologians and the philosophers. Legal scholars were called upon to determine the theoretical basis of human dignity as a constitutional value and as a constitutional right. Judges were required to solve practical problems created by the constitutionalization of human dignity, as a value or as a right"--

Reconciling Law and Morality in Human Rights Discourse

Reconciling Law and Morality in Human Rights Discourse
Beyond the Habermasian Account of Human Rights

by Willy Moka-Mubelo

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-12-13
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN : 3319494961
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this book I argue for an approach that conceives human rights as both moral and legal rights. The merit of such an approach is its capacity to understand human rights more in terms of the kind of world free and reasonable beings would like to live in rather than simply in terms of what each individual is legally entitled to. While I acknowledge that every human being has the moral entitlement to be granted living conditions that are conducive to a dignified life, I maintain, at the same time, that the moral and legal aspects of human rights are complementary and should be given equal weight. The legal aspect compensates for the limitations of moral human rights the observance of which depends on the conscience of the individual, and the moral aspect tempers the mechanical and inhumane application of the law. Unlike the traditional or orthodox approach, which conceives human rights as rights that individuals have by virtue of their humanity, and the political or practical approach, which understands human rights as legal rights that are meant to limit the sovereignty of the state, the moral-legal approach reconciles law and morality in human rights discourse and underlines the importance of a legal framework that compensates for the deficiencies in the implementation of moral human rights. It not only challenges the exclusively negative approach to fundamental liberties but also emphasizes the necessity of an enforcement mechanism that helps those who are not morally motivated to refrain from violating the rights of others. Without the legal mechanism of enforcement, the understanding of human rights would be reduced to simply framing moral claims against injustices. From the moral-legal approach, the protection of human rights is understood as a common and shared responsibility. Such a responsibility goes beyond the boundaries of nation-states and requires the establishment of a cosmopolitan human rights regime based on the conviction that all human beings are members of a community of fate and that they share common values which transcend the limits of their individual states. In a cosmopolitan human rights regime, people are protected as persons and not as citizens of a particular state.

The Right to Health

The Right to Health
A Multi-Country Study of Law, Policy and Practice

by Brigit Toebes,Rhonda Ferguson,Milan M. Markovic,Obiajulu Nnamuchi

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2014-09-05
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN : 9462650144
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This interdisciplinary study engages with the fields of human rights law, health law, and public health. It analyses how the internationally guaranteed human ‘right to health’ is realized by States at a national level. It brings together scholars from more than ten different countries, with each of them analyzing the right to health in their country or region. They all focus on a particular theme that is important in their country, such as health inequalities, the Millennium Development Goals, or the privatization of healthcare. This book is relevant for scholars, practitioners and policy makers in the field of human rights law, health law, public health and the intersection between these three fields.

Dignity and International Human Rights Law

Dignity and International Human Rights Law
An Introduction to the Punta del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere

by Brett G. Scharffs,Ewelina U. Ochab

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2021-09-30
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1000457346
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Punta del Este Declaration, and this book dedicated to elaborating upon it, is devoted to exploring the ways that human dignity for everyone everywhere can be a useful tool in helping to address the challenges and strains facing human rights in the world today. In 2018, an initiative was instigated to revitalize the human rights project by way of engaging the notion of human dignity. This resulted in the Punta Del Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere (Punta Del Este Declaration), a declaration co-authored by over 30 human rights experts from all over the world. The Punta Del Este Declaration simplifies and brings coherence to the concept of human dignity in 10 brief statements that capture the many dimensions and aspects of human dignity and the practical ways that human dignity is useful in the promotion of human rights. This book provides an overview of how the notion of human dignity has been used to strengthen human rights. It discusses how human dignity playsmany different roles in human rights discourse and has the force to revitalize the human rights project; it is the foundational principle upon which the human rights project is built. But it is also the telos, or end goal, of human rights. At the same time, it is an important evaluative mechanism for assessing how well a country is doing in the implementation of human rights. The book will be a valuable resource for all those working in the areas of International Human Rights Law, Legal Philosophy, and Law and Religion.

The Utopian Human Right to Science and Culture

The Utopian Human Right to Science and Culture
Toward the Philosophy of Excendence in the Postmodern Society

by Dr Anna Maria Nawrot

  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2014-04-28
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 1472418328
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores the question of whether the ideal right to science and culture exists. It proposes that the human right to science and culture is of a utopian character and argues for the necessity of the existence of such a right by developing a philosophical project situated in postmodernity, based on the assumption of ‘thinking in terms of excendence’. The book offers a new way of thinking about access to knowledge in the postanalogue, postmodern society, and is inspired by twentieth-century critical theorists such as Levinas, Gadamer, Bauman and Habermas.

‘Dignity’ and the Incomplete Grounding of International Human Rights

‘Dignity’ and the Incomplete Grounding of International Human Rights
A Book

by CHEN Bo

  • Publisher : Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
  • Release : 2014-06-25
  • Pages : 4
  • ISBN : 8293081937
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law

Critical Perspectives on Human Rights and Disability Law
A Book

by Marcia H. Rioux,Lee Ann Basser,Melinda Jones

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2011-05-23
  • Pages : 568
  • ISBN : 9004189580
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book examines the changing relationship between disability and the law, addressing the intersection of human rights principles, human rights law, domestic law and the experience of people with disabilities. Drawn from the global experience of scholars and activists in a number of jurisdictions and legal systems, the core human rights principles of dignity, equality and inclusion and participation are analyzed within a framework of critical disability legal scholarship.

Humiliation, Degradation, Dehumanization

Humiliation, Degradation, Dehumanization
Human Dignity Violated

by Paulus Kaufmann,Hannes Kuch,Christian Neuhaeuser,Elaine Webster

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2010-10-07
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN : 9789048196616
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Degradation, dehumanization, instrumentalization, humiliation, and nonrecognition – these concepts point to ways in which we understand human beings to be violated in their dignity. Violations of human dignity are brought about by concrete practices and conditions; some commonly acknowledged, such as torture and rape, and others more contested, such as poverty and exclusion. This volume collates reflections on such concepts and a range of practices, deepening our understanding of human dignity and its violation, bringing to the surface interrelationships and commonalities, and pointing to the values that are thereby shown to be in danger. In presenting a streamlined discussion from a negative perspective, complemented by conclusions for a positive account of human dignity, the book is at once a contribution to the body of literature on what dignity is and how it should be protected as well as constituting an alternative, fresh and focused perspective relevant to this significant recurring debate. As the concept of human dignity itself crosses disciplinary boundaries, this is mirrored in the unique range of perspectives brought by the book’s European and American contributors – in philosophy and ethics, law, human rights, literature, cultural studies and interdisciplinary research. This volume will be of interest to social and moral philosophers, legal and human rights theorists, practitioners and students.