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Human Dignity and Law

Legal and Philosophical Investigations, 1st Edition

By Stephen Riley

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216 pages

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Description

This book argues that human dignity and law stand in a privileged relationship with one another. Law must be understood as limited by the demands made by human dignity. Conversely, human dignity cannot be properly understood without clarifying its interaction with legal institutions and legal practices. This is not, then, a survey of the uses of human dignity in law; it is a rethinking of human dignity in relation to our principles of social governance.  The result is a revisionist account of human dignity and law, one focused less on the use of human dignity in our regulations and more on its constitutive implications for the governance of the public realm.

The first part conducts a wide-ranging moral, legal and political analysis of the nature and functions of human dignity. The second part applies that analysis to three fields of legal regulation: international law, transnational law, and domestic public law.

The book will appeal to scholars in both philosophy and law. It will also be of interest to political theorists, particularly those working within the liberal tradition or those concerned with institutional design.

Table of Contents





Table of Contents





Preface



Acknowledgements



Introduction



Outline





Part I





Chapter 1 Human Dignity and Law











Chapter 2 Human Dignity as Status





Chapter 3 Human Dignity, Justice, and Institutions





Part II





Chapter 4 International Law





Chapter 5 Transnational Law





Chapter 6 Public Law





About the Author

Dr Stephen Riley is a lecturer in the Law School of the University of Leicester, UK. He has previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in philosophy at Utrecht University.



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW016000
LAW / Comparative
LAW018000
LAW / Constitutional
LAW052000
LAW / Jurisprudence
PHI005000
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy