The Inheritance of Excellence: On the Uses, Justification and Problem of Human Dignity [REVISED]

52 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 22 Oct 2010

Abstract

Since the end of the Second World War, human dignity has been a central concept in human rights discourse. Widespread appeals to the concept, however, have generated serious theoretical concerns. Among these is uncertainty about whether claims of universal human dignity can be successfully defended in nontheistic terms. This paper attempts to deepen this sense of uncertainty by drawing attention to the important conceptual relationship between excellence and dignity.

Suggested Citation

Dobard, John, The Inheritance of Excellence: On the Uses, Justification and Problem of Human Dignity [REVISED]. Western Political Science Association 2010 Annual Meeting Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1580548

John Dobard (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

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