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Dignity, Rank, and Rights

Jeremy Waldron and Meir Dan-Cohen


Writers on human dignity roughly divide between those who stress the social origins of this concept and its role in marking rank and hierarchy, and those who follow Kant in grounding dignity in an abstract and idealized philosophical conception of human beings. This book contrives to combine attractive features of both strands. The first lecture in this book presents a conception of dignity that preserves its ancient association with rank and station, thus tapping into rich historical resources while avoiding what many perceive as the excessive abstraction and dubious metaphysics of the Kantia ... More

Keywords: human dignity, social origins, rank, hierarchy, Kant, metaphysics, high status, value

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199915439
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Waldron, author
New York University

Meir Dan-Cohen, editor
UC Berkeley

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Front Matter

Dignity, Rank, and Rights Jeremy Waldron


Dignity Past and Present

Michael Rosen

High and Low

Wai Chee Dimock

Reply to Commentators


Jeremy Waldron

End Matter