Zeitschrift Für Evangelische Ethik 57 (4):258-271 (2013)

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Despite decades of detailed work on legal doctrine, significant basic confusion is still evident in the concept of »human dignity« according to article 1 of the German constitution. This confusion threatens to carry over into the guarantee of human rights at the level of the European Union. Thus, it is necessary to subject the concept to methodological inspection. This is the undertaking of this article. The most important result consists in the recommendation, not to seek »the« right interpretation of »human dignity «, but rather to understand the concept as a means which can take definitional form in accordance with our needs and purposes. Those who attribute to human dignity the task of an absolute protection of the core area of the human, will also prefer a narrow concept of human dignity. Such a concept is presented here in the form of the »ensemble-theory of human dignity«.
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