1st Edition

Dignity, Character and Self-Respect

Edited By Robin S. Dillon Copyright 1995

    This is the first anthology to bring together a selection of the most important contemporary philosophical essays on the nature and moral significance of self-respect. Representing a diversity of views, the essays illustrate the complexity of self-respect and explore its connections to such topics as personhood, dignity, rights, character, autonomy, integrity, identity, shame, justice, oppression and empowerment. The book demonstrates that self-respect is a formidable concern which goes to the very heart of both moral theory and moral life.

    Contributors: Bernard Boxill, Stephen L. Darwall, John Deigh, Robin S. Dillon, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Aurel Kolnai, Stephen J. Massey, Diana T. Meyers, Michelle M. Moody-Adams, John Rawls, Gabriele Taylor, Elizabeth Telfer, Laurence L. Thomas.

    Chapter 1 Introduction, Robin S.Dillon; Part 1 Dignity, Personhood, and Rights; Chapter 2 Dignity, AurelKolnai; Chapter 3 Servility and Self-Respect, Thomas E.Hill, Jr.; Chapter 4 Self-Respect and Protest, Bernard R.Boxill; Part 2 Character, Agency, and Shame; Chapter 5 Self-Respect, ElizabethTelfer; Chapter 6 Self-Respect Reconsidered, Thomas E.Hill, Jr.; Chapter 7 Self-Respect, Excellences, and Shame, JohnRawls; Chapter 8 Shame and Self-Esteem: A Critique, JohnDeigh; Chapter 9 Shame, Integrity, and Self-Respect, GabrieleTaylor; Part 3 Are there different kinds of Self-Respect?; Chapter 10 Two Kinds of Respect, Stephen L.Darwall; Chapter 11 Is Self-Respect a Moral or a Psychological Concept?, Stephen J.Massey; Chapter 12 Self-Respect and Autonomy, Diana T.Meyers; Part 4 Politics; Chapter 13 Self-Respect: Theory and Practice, LaurenceThomas; Chapter 14 Race, Class, and the Social Construction of Self-Respect, Michele M.Moody-Adams; Chapter 15 Toward a Feminist Conception of Self-Respect, Robin S.Dillon;


    Robin S. Dillon is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University.

    "This collection consists of fourteen essays, a long introduction, and a useful bibliography. All of these essays have appeared previously-either in philosophy journals or as book chapters-over the last thirty years." -- Review of Metaphysics, June 1997