Is Dignity the Foundation of Human Rights?
New York University School of Law
January 3, 2013
NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-73
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: dignity, foundationalism, human rights, rights, status, UDHR
Date posted: January 4, 2013 ; Last revised: January 28, 2013