Dignity of the Other, A Minimal and Common Perspective toward Equal Respect

It appears your Web browser is not configured to display PDF files. Download adobe Acrobat or click here to download the PDF file.

Click here to download the PDF file.

Creator: 

Andishan, Hamid

Date: 

2014

Abstract: 

Two main streams, religious and philosophical, suggest different perceptions of human dignity. My ultimate goal is finding common elements between them and letting them converge towards a minimal common conception of human dignity. I will introduce three principal conceptions of dignity: reason, autonomy, and Godlikeness. These might be called ‘grounds’ of dignity. Afterwards, I will contemplate human attitudes toward the picture of dignity as expressed by the idea of respect. I will discuss specifically human dignity in relation to other species. I need this in order to obtain a deeper
agreement about dignity of human individuals that live in different cultural horizons. I will rely on Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach which can mediate between religious perspectives and modern perspective. Finally I put my ultimate analysis forward: a “minimalist approach” to human dignity as a common approach among these perspectives. “Universality of someoneness” will turn out to be the central idea.

Subject: 

Philosophy

Language: 

English

Publisher: 

Carleton University

Thesis Degree Name: 

Master of Arts: 
M.A.

Thesis Degree Level: 

Master's

Thesis Degree Discipline: 

Philosophy

Parent Collection: 

Theses and Dissertations

Items in CURVE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. They are made available with permission from the author(s).