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The Dignity of Groups


Jeremy Waldron


New York University School of Law; University of Oxford

October 20, 2008

Acta Juridica, 2008
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 08-53

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This paper explores the application of the concept of "dignity" to groups such as nations, peoples, cultures, and communities. It suggests that while there are certain difficulties with attributing dignity to groups, and while the attribution of dignity to some groups can be invidious, and while the attribution of dignity to a group might in the end amount to nothing more than an emphasis on the dignity of its members, still the idea of group dignity cannot be ruled out. It cannot be ruled out on either logical grounds or on grounds of moral and political principle; indeed it may often be the best way of conveying important moral information about the value of groups to their members.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: dignity, community, constitutionalism, culture, equality, inidvidualism, multiculturalism, states

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Date posted: October 20, 2008 ; Last revised: November 18, 2008

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Waldron, Jeremy, The Dignity of Groups (October 20, 2008). Acta Juridica, 2008; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 08-53. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1287174

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