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Malpas, J 2007 , 'Human Dignity and Human Being', in J Malpas and N Lickiss (eds.), Perspectives on Human Dignity: A Conversation , Springer, Dordrecht: The Netherlands, pp. 19-25.

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The question of human dignity is surely inseparable from the question of what it is to be human. This seems to be most obviously so inasmuch as the concept of human dignity is closely related to the idea of human worth-to attend to human dignity is to attend to the value or significance that belongs to human being (this alone is a reason why the concept of human dignity cannot be discarded), but to attend to this is already to presuppose an understanding of the nature of human being, of what human being is. Yet few discussions of human dignity make this connection a focus for discussion in itself-rather than probe the question of human dignity as a question
about human being, the question is treated in a way that often seems to imply a severance from such 'ontological' concerns.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Malpas, J
Publisher: Springer
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6281-0
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