Human Dignity in Philosophy and History

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Antonio Pele

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Date Written: September 1, 2006


This PhD dissertation tries to understand the concept of human dignity through the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, humanists of middle-ages and Renaissance, the rational school of natural law and Kant. One of the main objectives of this work, consists in understanding how philosophy - with stoicism, epicurism, sophism, humanism, etc. - has built the idea of a rational, autonomous and vulnerable human being, which will be the grounding of the future definition of human dignity.

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Keywords: human dignity, human rights, philosophy, humanism, dignitas hominis, miseria hominis, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Pico della Mirandola, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Pascal, Erasmus, Tomasius, Kant, Pufendorf, Burlamaqui, Lorenzo Valla

JEL Classification: K3

Suggested Citation

Pele, Antonio, Human Dignity in Philosophy and History (September 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: or

Antonio Pele (Contact Author)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid ( email )

CL. de Madrid 126
Getafe (Madrid), Madrid 28903
+ 34 91 624 96 65 (Phone)


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