Human Dignity and the Dignity of Work: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching

Business Ethics Quarterly / FirstView Article / April 2016, pp 1 - 26 DOI: 10.1017/beq.2016.18, Published online: 10 May 2016

Posted: 14 Jun 2016

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Alejo José G. Sison

University of Navarra, School of Economics and Business

Ignacio Ferrero

School of Economics and Business

Gregorio Guitian

University of Navarra

Date Written: May 10, 2016

Abstract

What contributions could we expect from Catholic Social Teaching (CST) on human dignity in relation to the dignity of work? This article begins with an explanation of CST and its relevance for secular audiences. It then proceeds to identify the main features of human dignity based on the notion of imago Dei in CST. Next comes an analysis of the dignity of work in CST from which two normative principles are derived: the precedence of duties over rights and the priority of the subjective dimension of work over the objective dimension. Afterwards, the “right to work” and the “rights of workers” are engaged with from this normative perspective, particularly within the context of globalization.

Keywords: human dignity, Catholic Social Teaching, dignity of work, right to work, globalization

Suggested Citation

Sison, Alejo Jose G. and Ferrero, Ignacio and Guitian, Gregorio, Human Dignity and the Dignity of Work: Insights from Catholic Social Teaching (May 10, 2016). Business Ethics Quarterly / FirstView Article / April 2016, pp 1 - 26 DOI: 10.1017/beq.2016.18, Published online: 10 May 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2792196

Alejo Jose G. Sison

University of Navarra, School of Economics and Business ( email )

Campus Universitario
Pamplona, 31080
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://https://alejosison.wordpress.com/

Ignacio Ferrero (Contact Author)

School of Economics and Business ( email )

Edificio Bibliotecas-Este
Pamplona, Navarra 31080
Spain

Gregorio Guitian

University of Navarra ( email )

Camino del Cerro del Aguila, 3
Pamplona, Navarra 31080
Spain

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