Stephen Riley, “Dignity as the Absence of the Bestial: A Genealogy” 

Riley’s main argument is that the concept of human dignity qualifies the human being, creating a difference between men and animals. Therefore, this principle would be just a behavioural and anthropological development, being considered owner of dignity those who obey normative demands of self control. This argument, on the other hand, finds the metaphysical barrier … Continue reading Stephen Riley, “Dignity as the Absence of the Bestial: A Genealogy” 

Didier Fassin, “Moral Economies Revisited”

The first notorious concept of moral economy expressed the subjective traits of the poor workers of the field. This set of beliefs, traditions, customs and values constituted their sense of equity and justice, which, in turn, guided the peasants (or proletarians) in their assesment of reasonability of the material conditions posed by economic order and … Continue reading Didier Fassin, “Moral Economies Revisited”

Jeremy Waldron – “Dignity, Rank, and Rights”

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values - University of California, Berkeley; April 21–23, 2009. It is already known that the concept of dignity can have many faces. In this text, Jeremy Waldron holds that the ancient notion of dignitas would be the correct one to deal with this legal principle. In this sense, our dignity would evolve from … Continue reading Jeremy Waldron – “Dignity, Rank, and Rights”

Michel Foucault, “Truth and Juridical Forms”. Conference I.

Foucault envisages the historical constitution of the subject of knowledge by means of a discourse taken as a set of stratagems that are part of the social practises. Starting from this pretension, we ask: could it be that the fundamental rights discourse generated the notion of human dignity? In other words, was the notion (at … Continue reading Michel Foucault, “Truth and Juridical Forms”. Conference I.