Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights?
30 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2013 Last revised: 28 Jan 2013
Date Written: January 3, 2013
The paper will consider the common claim that human rights are based on human dignity as a foundational value. I will make some criticisms of that idea, arguing instead that dignity is a status that comprises fundamental human rights rather than being a value that functions as a major premise of rights claims.
Keywords: dignity, foundationalism, human rights, rights, status, UDHR
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Waldron, Jeremy, Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights? (January 3, 2013). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-73, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2196074 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2196074
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