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
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