The legal orthopedia of human dignity: Thinking with Axel Honneth

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Abstract

This article develops a constructivist, non-metaphysical, non-essentialist conception of human dignity using Jeremy Waldron, Michael Rosen, Ernst Bloch, Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth. This constructivist conception of dignity is then related to the communicative or reflexive conception of freedom developed by discourse ethics. Then, these two conceptions are demonstrated to be foundational for the development and implementation of human rights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-815
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophy and Social Criticism
Volume40
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science

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