Authors
Roland Kipke
Bielefeld University
Abstract
The central role of human dignity in ethics and law stands in striking contrast to the disagreement regarding the meaning and normative content of this concept. Each competing theory of human dignity also has serious problems. Against the background of this situation, the meaning-oriented theory of human dignity suggests a new understanding that can integrate a number of conceptions of human dignity and resolve their theoretical problems. According to this new theory, respect for human dignity consists in respect for human beings as beings that confer meaning and need meaning. The integrative and problem-solving power of this new approach is demonstrated here by examining two lines of theory: on the one hand, the Kantian tradition of an autonomy-oriented understanding of human dignity, and on the other hand, a theory that focuses on individual identity and protection against humiliation.
Keywords human dignity  meaningful life  meaning of life  autonomy  humiliation  identity  meaning-oriented theory of human dignity
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.22613/zfpp/7.2.4
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,579
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

On Human Rights.James Griffin - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - Oxford University Press.

View all 29 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Menschenwürde.Anja Leser - 2014 - Swiss Philosophical Preprints.
Kann man die Achtung der Menschenwürde als Prinzip der normativen Ethik retten?Bernward Gesang - 2010 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 64 (4):474-497.
Theorie und Praxis der Menschenwürde.Ralf Stoecker - 2019 - Paderborn, Deutschland: Mentis.
Superstars und Menschenwürde. Erläuterungen zu einem zentralen ethischen Begriff.Ralf Stoecker - 2007 - In Bildung für Berlin. Berlin, Deutschland: Senatsverwaltung für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung. pp. 70-75.
Über Die Würde der Kinder Als Patienten.Ulrich Diehl - 2003 - In C. Wiesemann, A. Dörries, G. Wolfslast & A. Simon (eds.), Das Kind als Patient. Campus.
Ist die Menschenwürde antastbar? Psssst... Unter Umständen.Kyriakos N. Kotsoglou - 2018 - Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy 54:141-148.
Dignity In Genethics.David Heyd - 1999 - Jahrbuch für Recht Und Ethik 7.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2021-02-12

Total views
10 ( #882,268 of 2,461,844 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
7 ( #101,318 of 2,461,844 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes