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Human Dignity

Perspectives from a Critical Theory of Human Rights, 1st Edition

Edited by Amos Nascimento, Matthias Lutz Bachmann


156 pages

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pub: 2018-06-19
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Connecting three generations of critical theorists, this edited collection focuses on the mutual complementarity between the concept of "human dignity" and the theory and practice of human rights.

Human dignity has recently emerged as a controversial theme in the philosophy of human rights and has become the subject of a growing debate involving theological, political, juridical, moral, and biomedical perspectives. Previously, interpretations of this concept took for granted specific definitions of this term without accounting for the perspective offered by a "Critical Theory of Human Rights." This interdisciplinary perspective relies on a tradition that goes from Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas, influences new generations, and sheds more light on how human dignity is used (and abused) in contemporary discourses. Based on this tradition, the contributors sustain an engaged discussion of the topic and address issues such as domination, colonialism, multiculturalism, globalization, and cosmopolitanism. Informed by different contexts, each author offers a unique contribution to distinctive aspects of the necessary internal correlation between human dignity and human rights.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in human rights in Europe, North America, and Latin America and readers in the areas of political science, philosophy, sociology, law, and international relations.

Table of Contents

1. Human Dignity in the Perspective of a Critical Theory of Human Rights

Amos Nascimento and Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

2. Human Dignity as Path to Modernity?

Andreas Niederberger

3. Human Dignity and Human Rights

Matthias Lutz-Bachmann

4. The Concept of Human Dignity and the Realistic Utopia of Human Rights

Jürgen Habermas

5. On the Concept of Human Dignity in Social Orders of Justification

Rainer Forst

6. Human Rights without Foundations? Human Dignity in a Corporate World

Cristina Lafont

7. Dignity, Communicative Freedom, and Law

Eduardo Mendieta

8. Human Dignity and Plurality in Justifications of Human Rights

Amos Nascimento

About the Editors

Amos Nascimento is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Seattle, affiliated with Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, International Studies, and Germanics programs, and Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on "Human Interactions and Normative Innovation."

Matthias Lutz-Bachmann is Professor of Philosophy, Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence on "The Formation of Normative Orders," and Director of the Research Center for Humanities at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

About the Series

Rethinking Political and International Theory

Rethinking Political and International Theory
Committed to show you in what ways traditional approaches in political and international theory may be applied to 21st century politics, this series will present inventive and pioneering theoretical work designed to build a common framework for the latest scholarly research on political theory and international relations. Intended to be international and interdisciplinary in scope, the series will contain works which advance our understanding of the relevance of seminal thinkers to our current socio-political context(s) as well as problematize and offer new insights into key political concepts and phenomena within the arena of politics and international relations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General