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Human dignity and political criticism, Colin Bird, University of Virginia.

Summary
Many, including Marx, Rawls, and the contemporary 'Black Lives Matter' movement, embrace the ambition to secure terms of co-existence in which the worth of people's lives becomes a lived reality rather than an empty boast. This book asks whether, as some believe, the philosophical idea of human dignity can help achieve that ambition. Offering a new fourfold typology of dignity concepts, Colin Bird argues that human dignity can perform this role only if certain traditional ways of conceiving it are abandoned. Accordingly, Bird rejects the idea that human dignity refers to the inherent worth or status of individuals, and instead reinterprets it as a social relation, constituted by affects of respect and the modes of mutual attention which they generate. What emerges is a new vision of human dignity as a vital political value, and an arresting vindication of its role as an agent of critical reflection on politics
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 27 Sep 2021)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 276 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781108935067

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