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Perspectives on Human Dignity


The idea of human dignity is central to any reflection on the nature of human worth, and has become a key concept in international and national law, in medical ethics, and in much philosophical and political theory. However, the idea is a complex one that also takes on many different forms. This collection explores the idea of human dignity as it arises within these many different domains, opening up the possibility of a multidisciplinary conversation that illuminates the concept itself, as well as the idea of the human to which it stands in an essential relation. The book is not only an intriguing and stimulating exploration of human dignity from a range of perspectives, but also provides an important resource for those who wish to take the exploration further.

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Foreword - The Honourable William Cox AC RFD ED, Governor of Tasmania; Acknowledgements; Introduction to a Conversation - Jeff Malpas and Norelle Lickiss; I. The Concept of Human Dignity;1. Human Dignity and Human Worth - Daniel P. Sulmasy;2. Human Dignity and Human Being - Jeff Malpas;3. On Human Dignity: Fragments of an Exploration - Norelle Lickiss;4. Two Conceptions of Dignity: 5. Honour and Self-determination - Andrew Brennan and Y.S. Lo; 6. Human Dignity and Charity - Rosalind Hursthouse;7. Human Dignity: Functions and Meanings - Doron Shultziner;8. A Brief History of Human Dignity: Idea and Application - Milton Lewis; II. Human Dignity in Context;9. A Journey towards Understanding: True and False Dignity - Christina Mason;10. The Question of Human Dignity: Doubts and Loves and a Whisper from Where the Ruined House Once Stood- Veronica Brady;11. Human Dignity: A Borderline Heretical Response - Stuart Blackler;12. Giving the Past its Dignity - Greg Dening;13. Dignity and Indignity - Nicholas Tarling;14. Human Dignity and The Law - Sir Guy Green;15. On the International Legal Aspects of Human Dignity - Don Chalmers and Ryuichi Ida;16. Doing Justice to Dignity in the Criminal Law - Julia Davis;17. Human Dignity: The New Phase in International law - Michael Tate;18. Dignity and Health - Martin Tattersall;19. Human Dignity: The Perspective of a Gynaecological Oncologist - Neville F. Hacker;20. The Social Origins of Dignity in Medical Care at the End of Life - Nicholas Cristakis;21. Dying with Dignity: The Story Reveals Its Meaning - Jack Coulehan; Bibliography.

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