Responding to Foucault´s provocation regarding the concept of human nature, Chomsky answers in a such a manner that makes me consider the following: maybe "human nature" is the ideal existencial state of the humanity which should be pursued in order to achieve the ultimate form of the human society. Thus, individuals could be molded by … Continue reading Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault: on the human nature.
Human dignity is commonly held as the foundation of human rights. Yet, as Stéphanie Hennete-Vauchez intends to expose in this article, the human dignity principle mostly applied nowadays might be, in reality, more clearly linked to the ancient legal concept of dignity - the roman dignitas. The contemporary principle of human dignity, as perceived through … Continue reading Stéphanie Hennete-Vauchez, “A human dignitas? Remnants of the ancient legal concept in contemporary dignity jurisprudence”
Camille Robcis shows in this work a trace to the genealogy of the French sense of “human dignity”, that has its tradition associated with public order and national belonging. Beggining at the French Revolution, the national indignity - civic death, in short - was used at the period known as “The Terror” as the opposite of … Continue reading Camille Robcis, “The Biopolitics of Dignity”
Samuel Moyn’s thesis refutes the traditional premise according to which the concept of human dignity came into existence due to major historical events such as the declaration of independence of the United States of America or the World War II, for instance. The author claims that the term was originated in 1937 Ireland, amidst a … Continue reading Samuel Moyn, “The Secret History of Constitutional Dignity”
The origin of human dignity has been discussed by many academics. Oliver Sensen is one of them and in this text he contraposes the traditional and the contemporary senses of this term. The concept of dignity for traditional thinkers is a dual concept: first an initial dignity, which might then become a realized dignity. The … Continue reading Oliver Sensen, “Human dignity in historical perspective: The contemporary and traditional paradigms”
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